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Start online course: “Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability”
Online Course: Feeding a Hungry Planet
Monday February 11, 2019 Image: SDG Academy
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


February 11, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


SDG Academy



SDG Academy has developed a massive, open, online course (or MOOC) entitled Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, which will run for the third time starting on February 11, 2019, on edX.  This 7-week course examines key questions for the sector, including how to ensure a healthy and sustainable diet for our growing world population, and how should agriculture adapt – or stay the same – to support the Sustainable Development Goals? 

About the course

Agriculture is more than waving fields of wheat; our ability to grow food from existing natural resources – and without decimating those resources – is key to sustainably feeding the world. In this 7-week massive open online course, learn about food security worldwide, the effects of malnutrition, how we manage ecosystems that provide food resources and more. You’ll emerge from this course with a clear answer to the question: What can I do to make food consumption and production more sustainable?

This course is for

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in agriculture, economics, international development and other fields who are learning about the intersectional factors impacting agriculture and food production/consumption.
  • Nutritionists, agriculture professionals and other practitioners interested in the latest developments in the field.
  • Sustainable development practitioners – including those who work for international aid organizations and nonprofits in the realms of poverty, nutrition and agriculture – who want to understand the lifecycle of food production and food security.
  • Private actors, such as those engaging in or investing in social entrepreneurship and the support of local agriculture.


  • How the field has developed and shifted over time, and how recent developments like advanced technology impact farming.
  • What is food security? How do poverty, inequality and other factors affect the nutrition of not just individuals, but entire countries?
  • All about regulations influencing production, trade and other aspects of agriculture.
  • Examples from industries ranging from rice to livestock, and the experiences of smallholder farmers.

More information

Please visit the website of edX to enroll and to find more information, including the course syllabus and an introduction to all instructors.

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