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Practical change for a sustainable food future

This minor focusses on building inclusive food chains where profit, prosperity and planet are equally important. The study units discuss issues and solutions to create greater sustainability in food production and trade particularly related to the tropics. Students are challenged to analyse the current flaws in the food system, study the possibilities for change in relationship within the chain and come up with interventions to improve sustainability and transparency in the chain to guarantee a fair income for all actors. The improved income position of smallholder farmers is the starting point. Student work on practical ‘real life cases’ where climate smart agriculture, quality management, distribution, governance, certification and building sustainable partnerships are the main elements.


The student is able:
• To work with the facilitation approach which addresses the challenges of achieving sustainability and inclusiveness in chain development by stimulating change.
• To understand and apply different sustainability concepts (as True Price, Living Wage and Ecosystem Services) to an existing value chain of tea, cotton, mining or other.
• To individually design and justify an Operational Handbook on the basis of a Quality Management System.
• To apply Geographical Information Systems (GIS) techniques to identify critical issues related to land use.
• To analyse the production and trade of several tropical commodities as coffee and banana in relation to sustainability and fairness. Understand how modern production of these commodities relate to climate change, biodiversity, market power and livelihoods of workers and smallholders.




Combination of written exams, portfolio and oral exams as mentioned for the five (5) concerned study units in the Education and Examination Regulation (EER) 2019-20, study programme International Development Management

Grade between: mark 1-10 – 0,1 interval – 5,5 pass. 


Literature will be made available through Moodle Rooms.


Approximate student workload hours in total = 840

Indicative student workload hours per type of activity:
160 hours - attending lectures
210 hours - studying literature
240 hours - team work
150 hours - individual assignments
40 hours - coaching
40 hours - fieldwork/workshops