Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

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Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

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Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective
The course Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective is an online class provided by SDG Academy through edX. The skill level of the course is Intermediate. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

How do we produce more, better quality, and safer food while simultaneously achieving social and environmental goals?

Course description

The Mediterranean region is one of the most biodiverse in the world, home to a complex and intricate patchwork of cultures, climates, and cuisines. Food systems in the region — represented worldwide by the “Mediterranean diet” — are equally complex, demanding analysis across the political, social, cultural, economic and nutritional spectrums from landscape to table. The ability of Mediterranean agriculture to sustain its peoples — and the planet — is now threatened by several issues: Unsustainable agriculture production and limited agricultural diversification; Overexploitation of natural resources, including loss of soil fertility and agricultural biodiversity; Water scarcity and poor water management; Limited agricultural diversification; Increasingly poor nutritional value of food products and diets; Food loss and waste; and Decline in food culture and food sovereignty, highlighting the struggle between modernity and tradition. This course discusses the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin. It summarizes global-to-local challenges related to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); outlines the history and culture of agriculture and its main characteristics with a focus on the “Mediterranean diet”; explains agricultural data with a focus on rural development models and value creation; explores EU policy frameworks and international agreements related to food and agriculture in the Mediterranean; and highlights emerging opportunities linked to innovation and sustainability in the sector. This course is for: Students at the undergraduate or graduate level interested in the main challenges facing the Mediterranean region Current and future practitioners in the agriculture, food, and beverage sectors who wish to gain useful insights about current and future trends and business opportunities Policymakers and regional stakeholders who want to deepen their knowledge of agricultural policy, investment, and decisionmaking in the region and globally Looking for a live course? Check back for more information about the next run of the SDG Academy’s “Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability” course, which covers food systems from a global perspective.

Prerequisites & Facts

Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

Course Topic

Environmental Studies, Food and Nutrition, Social Sciences

University, College, Institution

SDG Academy

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / SDG Academy you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: SDG Academy
Topic: Environmental Studies, Food and Nutrition, Social Sciences