There are 7 billion people to feed today, and this number is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050. This implies that more food is needed; more food means that more water is required for crop and livestock production. But how secure are our supplies of food and water?
More specifically, what are the differences among regions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia? What is the impact of climate change and what are the implications of current migration and urbanization trends for food, nutrition and water security? Agriculture is the biggest user of water on the globe, requiring large quantities of water for irrigation and production processes. How can food production be made more efficient, without compromising our water resources and the environment in general? Who are the key stakeholders in this domain and what is the role of the market in food production technologies and innovation?
|Course level||Advanced Bachelor/Master|
|Session 2||14 July to 28 July 2018
|Recommended course combination
||Session 1: Global Health|
Session 3: Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice
|Co-ordinating lecturer||Dr Denyse Snelder, Dr Ralph Lasage, Dr Ben Sonneveld|
Ms Sabina Di Prima (PhD fellow), Dr Hans de Moel, Dr (Ms) Ted Veldkamp
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, excursions, discussions, group work, videos|
|Form(s) of assessment||Group poster, presentation and debate; one essay|
|Total tuition fee||€1150|
At the end of this course you will:
Denyse Snelder (PhD in the field of Sustainable Land and Water Management) holds a position at the Centre for International Cooperation (CIS), Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. During lectures and workshops, she shares much of her field experience acquired over the years, managing multiple projects such as the WHaTeR project (EC) on Water Harvesting Technologies in Sub-Saharan, the STRONGBOW (Nuffic) on Natural Resource Management, Tourism, and Ecotourism, the ASALI programme on Research for A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement in Kenya, the SPADE project (Nuffic) on Spatial Planning for Agri-business and Public Policy Development in Kenya and the 3C project (Nuffic) on Natural Resource Management and Conflict Resolution for Stability and Inclusive Growth in the Greater Virunga Landscape (Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo).
“Finding ways in which we can achieve food and water security for billions of people in a world of growing scarcity is one, if not, the key challenge in the coming decades”