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Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies Education

Educational initiatives of ACWFS

Read more about the various courses and educational programs that ACWFS is involved with.

COURSES

  • SUMMER SCHOOL - FEEDING THE BILLIONS: CHALLENGES AND INNOVATION IN FOOD AND WATER SECURITY

    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?

    In this course you examine a range of approaches towards food and water security, from international policy agreements to community-based activities. Theory is combined with practice in the lectures, the discussions and the excursions, with all providing concrete examples of how issues of food and water security are being analysed and addressed in various regions, at various levels and by various actors from science and society.

    Food and water security is a major theme at VU Amsterdam, where it is embedded in the teaching and research work of the Centre for International Cooperation (CIS-VU) and the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies, a joint initiative of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Athena Institute of the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW).

    Course aim
    At the end of this course you will:

    • Better understand food and water security, its context (local to global), major challenges, innovative solutions and policies.
    • Understand and can explain major concepts and theories in this field.
    • Be able to select and apply appropriate trans-disciplinary approaches in food and water security research, including the use of data collection, analysis and presentation tools.
    • Have acquired the computational skills needed to process relevant data, evaluate outputs and synthesize the overall outcome.
    • Possess the communication skills needed to participate in current debates in the field of food and water security.

    Visit the VU Amsterdam Summer School page for more information.

  • MINORS

    VU offers many courses linked to the research areas of ACWFS. Some minors of interest may be:

PROJECTS

  • WATER POLICY AND GOVERNANCE IN TRANSBOUNDARY BASINS

    The Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (ACWFS) partners in the project: Innovations in Water Education Enhancing Water Security and Socio-economic Development in the Eastern Mediterranean under Climate Change (WASEC), 2019-2022. The EU sponsored project hosts European (Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Netherlands) and Middle East (Palestine, Jordan) universities that aims to strengthen the cooperation between companies and HEIs through the development of courses in Water Resources Management under changing climatic conditions, using adaptive learning and teaching methods. 

    Under this framework, ACWFS designed the course Water Policy and Governance in Transboundary Basins. The course highlights the interaction between hydrological and socio-economic factors in a transboundary river basin. Specifically, the course deepens the understanding of natural and controlled flows within a transboundary watershed with the objective of evaluating the impact of policy interventions on socio-economic conditions of households and on industry, with a special focus on agriculture as main water consumer. The course emphasizes the need for objective empirical water balances as starting point for policy analysis and introduces the use of water economy models for policy simulation. The course was tested in a workshop and received positive responses.