Hosted on one of the largest organic farms in Switzerland, this course provides the opportunity for young scientists and practitioners to understand the challenges and opportunities of the world food system, in particular regarding organic production systems. During the two week summer school participants will engage in lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, field trips and farm work.
Understand: the science, relationships, interactions and trade-offs in food systems; the role and potential of organic production systems; potential interventions; the cultural, socio-political, economic and environmental factors to be incorporated into solutions. Build skills in systems thinking, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration, participatory processes. Connect to a network of expert faculty/ scientists/ practitioners.
The content framework includes the following modules: world food system overview; agricultural production; Global change drivers; smallholder livelihoods and rural development; Agroforest systems; labelling; International policy and trade; Processing, distribution, and retail; Nutrition and health; National policy and state interventions. The course will conclude with a group work.
Participants will receive pre-reading material before the course commences.
Voraussetzungen / Besonderes
No prerequisites. Program is open to Masters and PhD students and in special cases upper level Bachelor students. All students (including those from ETH Zurich) must apply through a competitive application process that will open in March 2015 at www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process.