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University of Stellenbosch Business School

Food Systems Transitions

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We live in exciting times: all around us new ideas, projects and movements are developing in response to the pressing issues with our food system.

The aim of this course is to explore the various responses to unsustainability in the food system and critical thinking skills to contextualize and assess these responses. Participants will engage with and critique food system transitions (including governance, policy and ideological positions) within the context of food security and food system sustainability.

What does it cover

After completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the intersection between food system transitions and broader global transitions;
  • Apply food systems thinking;
  • Identify various ideological positions in food debates;
  • Analyse food policy and governance practices.​

Who should attend

Postgraduate students, professionals and practitioners working in government, corporate or civil society who have an understanding of the current challenges in the food system, and the causes thereof, and who wish to explore the pathways to a more sustainable food system that are being discussed and tested in South Africa and around the world.


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