Professionals working in policy and institutional environments related to food, need to have the skills to design, implement, monitor and evaluate policies and programmes in a holistic and integrated way. They should be able to apply “systems thinking” in support of equitable, sustainable food systems and healthy diets.

This MOOC offers an overview of food systems approaches, presents the components of food systems and analyses a range of pathways for addressing major challenges preventing the food systems from delivering healthy diets, in a sustainable way, for improved nutrition.

The course is relevant for decision makers, policy makers, policy advisors and formulators, investment planners, project managers involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agri-food system policies and programmes for healthy diets and improved nutrition. It is also aimed at professionals and students in the areas of food systems, nutrition, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, who are also interested in obtaining the FAO Certificate for “Nutrition and Food Systems”.  

At the end of this MOOC, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain how food systems shape peoples’ diets, and affect their nutritional and health status and the socio-economic development of countries; 
  • Describe the linkages and impact pathways between agri-food systems, food and nutrition; 
  • Advocate for a multisectoral and multidisciplinary food-systems approach for promoting healthy diets and addressing malnutrition; 
  • Contribute to the design of actions and programmes drawing on lessons learned from different countries and contexts. 

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Registrations must be submitted by 12 September 2021

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