Objectives

  • To provide students with the tools and knowledge to analyse and understand:
    • Food systems and their role in society.
    • How food and agriculture are regulated nationally and internationally.
    • How agencies and institutions regulate agriculture and food nationally and internationally.
  • To provide a framework for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, programmes and viewpoints among players, including other universities, researchers, professionals, civil service, private sector and government.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of food systems in a local, regional and global context.
  • To develop awareness of the role that food and food policy play across cultures, historically and in contemporary societies.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies.
  • To develop the capacity to critically analyse and address issues of governance within food systems.
  • To develop the capacity to apply theory and knowledge to policy analysis.
  • To develop knowledge of how policy interventions affect food security and agricultural production.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationships between economics, environment, society, culture and agri-food policy.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations and standards and their local and international implications.
  • To develop an understanding of international agriculture and food regulatory agencies and corresponding legal texts.
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of agricultural regulations as they relate to specific regions as well as their implications internationally.
  • To develop competence in approaching a research problem in the area of food systems.
  • To develop competence in articulating a research question, data collection and articulating research results.
  • To develop competence in critically evaluating research.

Competencies

This programme will prepare you to meet the demand for knowledgeable and well-trained food systems analysts and leaders, by fostering practical and critical learning with an international perspective.

The courses are geared towards:

  • Individuals working in NGOs and community organizations that address issues related to food and agriculture.
  • Individuals working in the agri-food sector.
  • Public administrators.
  • Civil Servants.
  • Policy analysts.
  • Consultants.
  • Lawyers.
  • Journalists specializing in food politics.
  • Professional organizations or international cooperation projects that address issues linked to food and agriculture.
  • Students wishing further education on issues of agri-food governance.

Providing students with the necessary tools for improving their employability, giving them the right to knowledge and education to be successful in the different occupations they will have during their lives, is a fundamental purpose of our postgraduate programmes.

Student profile

The Master's of Food, Society and International Agri-Food Governance students typically have backgrounds in a field related to the agri-food sector, or an academic background in agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, development, public health or sociology.

The programme attracts people who wish to specialise in the agri-food sector, as well as those interested working in this field. Many already have work experience in the agri-food sector and are looking to broaden their knowledge and skills so as to advance their careers.

Next enrolment

June 2018

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