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Future Food Systems

​​The current state of the agriculture sector is the result of system failure rather than misguided intention. Our supply chains are long and not always transparent. Our global markets are designed to aim for the lowest price, without regard for the longer-term consequences for the stakeholders.​ 

About the programme 

In addition to creating mainstream market demand as a driver for change, support services need structural reinforcing and rebuilding, national government policies need  reforming, and financial institutions need to learn to see agriculture as a business opportunity and invest in its modernisation. Transformation of the current system and, in the meantime, innovation in the current chains and businesses are needed and already in progress. 


In this module, students will investigate production chains and generate ideas for improvement, to enhance sustainability and business. The module sheds light on the innovation process and on the transformation towards a new system, while encouraging students to build their professional network. 


The module focuses on ‘Value-Based Change Management’: how to make the world a better place, starting with personal inner values and leading to value-based changes in the agri-food system. 

The minor is divided into four main topics: 

  1. Transition of a sector or country in a wider system with other stakeholders (government, knowledge institutions, civil society) using Multi-Level Perspective and building Future Scenarios. 
  1. Leadership and Personal Leadership, and development thereof.  
  1. Circular Calculation at the process and company (link) level within the current situation, using True-Cost Accounting and Multi-Criteria Analysis. 
  1. Domain: primary production or food (production). 





​The module contributes to the following learning goals: 

  • ​Improving the sustainability of the Global Agri-food system 
  • ​Applying bio-based & circular economy principles in agri-food systems (final) 
  • ​Contributing to sustainable innovation in a sector (primary production or food processing/nutrition) (final) 
  • ​Contributing to international business development 
  • ​Providing advice 
  • ​Networking & influencing 
  • ​(Self) reflection and judgement 
  • ​Project management 
  • ​Doing research (final)​ 


HAS studenten en studenten van andere Nederlandse onderwijsinstellingen:  
Propaedeutic diploma, plus 52+ ECTS van jaar 2 en 30+ ECTS of jaar 3, waarvan minimaal een buitenlandstage jaar 3. Credits zijn behaald in het IFA programma of een vergelijkbaar programma in Landbouw, Agribusiness, Foodbusines of Omgevingsstudies. 


International admissions: 

Three years of higher education on bachelor’s level of which at least 75% has been obtained and in which at least one major practical assignment or traineeship has been completed. Credits are obtained in a program related to Agriculture, Agribusiness, Food production or Environmental studies. Admissions are subjected to approval by the module team. 


Study Manual, 2021 various 

How to Do Research Grit, R. and Julsing, M. 

Project Management Grit, R. 

Strengths Finder 2.0 Rath, T. 

Changing the Food Game Simons, L. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Covey (2013, or later)  


Please inform the module coordinator before the start of the semester if any adjustments are in order 


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Reflection report, Research report, Written test on domain, Project report and presentation, attendance & excursions. Grades are rated at a 1-10 scale. 

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Extra costs may include excursion fees.