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Understanding Food Systems SASS

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Course overview

DATE: 3 July 2019

The Centre for Food Policy is running two courses at the University of Reading on the 3 & 4 July, 2019.

Aimed at all those in the food sector, including government, industry, NGOs, charities and educational institutions, this course is designed to put you at the forefront of food systems thinking. This course comprises a combination of lecture and workshop style teaching in multi-sector groups.  The course brings together diverse actors within the food system to work together on challenges through the application of systems methodology. This first course will cover the basics of food systems, detailing the key challenges faced at the local and global levels. We work together over the course to identify and prioritise issues and consider our role within the food system. This course will also introduce food systems thinking methodology, an approach which recognises the value and roles of various food system sectors, actors, disciplines and approaches; will help you to understand the connectedness of key food systems issues and problems; and provide you with structured frameworks and processes for better analysing and working within the food system.

The full cost of the day is £350. A 20% discount for NGOs/Charities/Self-funded individuals is available [please email ifstal-city@city.ac.uk to access a discount code].

This introductory course can be followed by DAY 2 ‘Changing Food Systems’ on the 4th July at the University of Reading. If you would like to book both courses, please do contact us.

To book this course please follow the link to the e-store:

Understanding Food Systems (day 1) https://estore.city.ac.uk/short-courses/centre-for-food-policy/food-policy/ifstal-cpd01-understanding-food-systems?token=1c96d78d70fd4441ba333dbc64f2f7ff

Other Information

This course will be in the Hopkins Building, which is on the Whiteknights Campus. Further details of how to reach Reading University and a campus map can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/visit-us.aspx

For participants attending both days of this course, do contact us for advice on places to stay nearby.

For further information please email: ifstal-city@city.ac.uk or telephone: 020 7040 4514

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Drawing on the most up to date knowledge on food systems, you will also have the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with a diverse range of other professionals and work together in applying the methods taught. You will enhance your network and learn from other professionals, acquire the knowledge and skills for collaboration to spearhead change and widen your awareness of food system issues and actors as part of a cross-sector group.

This course will enable you to:

  • Describe and give examples of what is meant by ‘food systems’
  • Recognise the value of various food system sectors, disciplines and approaches
  • Recognise your place and role within the food system
  • Articulate the key challenges and opportunities facing food systems
  • Apply food systems thinking and methodology to your work

Find out more about our MSc Food Policy

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

No prior study required, some experience working in the food sector desirable.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Assessment

Assessment

This course combines presentations from the course tutors and guest speaker(s) with active learning and group work. There is no formal assessment but participants will be asked to contribute to small group exercises and activities and feedback their work to the larger group.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Recommended readings will be sent before the course takes place.

Module leaders

  • Dr Annabel de Frece

    Annabel is a Teaching Fellow on the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning IFSTAL) project at City's Centre for Food Policy. She shares this post with Rebecca Wells and both are based in the Centre for Food Policy. IFSTAL is a postgraduate, multi-disciplinary, inter-university project which aims to promote food ...

  • Dr Rebecca Wells

    Rebecca is a Teaching Fellow on the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning IFSTAL) project at City's Centre for Food Policy. She shares this post with Dr Annabel de Frece and both are based in the Centre for Food Policy. IFSTAL is a postgraduate, multi-disciplinary, inter-university project which ...

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