Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

World Food System Summer School 2018: Food Systems in Transition

Date: 27 January 2018 - 10 February 2018
Location: Côte d'Ivoire

Our Food System Needs You

The question of how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment and social wellbeing is one of the defining challenges of our time.

We need you - future decision makers and thought leaders - to help building sustainable food systems. From changes in land use to dietary shifts, contemporary transitions in the food system have profound implications around the globe.

Join the World Food System Summer School and connect with a community of motivated and like-minded students, researchers and practitioners from around the world who are committed to building sustainable food systems.

The 2018 summer school will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and a number of field sites. The majority of the course will be hosted at Hotel Mon Afrik in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.

As a participant, you will:

  • Discuss challenges, opportuni-ties, and innovations in food systems across disciplines, sectors and scales with stake-holders from agricultural pro-duction, research, industry, government and civil society.
  • Critically reflect on the role different production systems, crops and value chains play in achieving food and nutrition security in the region. The course will take a special look at yam and cocoa value chains and the significance of these crops for food, nutrition and livelihoods.
  • Learn how to apply a food sys-tems perspective. The program will take an integrated approach that considers interactions across the food system and with its environmental, social, polit-ical and economic boundary conditions.
  • Be creative and innovative. Exchange ideas and work on case studies to address con-temporary challenges of the world food system as part of an international interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience and gain new knowledge about the realities of food systems in transition in West Africa and how this relates to the global context.

Course Format

This immersion learning experience integrates lectures, group work, case studies, workshops, field work, excursions, and includes guest speakers and evening social and cultural activities.

Your complete application must be submitted by Monday, 03 July 2017 at 8 AM CET.

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