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Practical change for a sustainable food future

Do you want to get started building inclusive food chains where profit, prosperity and planet are equally important? Then this minor is the right choice.

Within the minor, we focus on issues and solutions to create sustainability in food production and trade, especially with regard to the tropics. We challenge students to analyze the current shortcomings in the food system and to study the possibilities for positive change on social and environmental aspects. We also ask you to 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 small farmers is the starting point in this. You will work on practical 'real life cases' in which climate smart agriculture, quality management, stakeholder analysis, governance, certification and building sustainable partnerships are the most important elements.

Added Value:
Students learn how to communicate in an international setting, working with students from various countries in and outside the EU and meeting and learning from various stakeholders. The practical focus on developing countries and tropical commodities is unique within the universities of applied sciences. The human-oriented approach of the study units learns students to come up with realistic solutions that bring benefit to all.


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.
  • Showing expertise about executing a sector analysis, and based on this analysis, proposing interventions with the aim to strengthen the position of cocoa growing smallholder households in Ghana with an emphasis on creating social impact.
  • 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.




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


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.