Course: Food for Empowerment

Are you looking for innovative, just, and sustainable approaches for making food accessible in urban settlements? Do you want to use food and its various aspects as a tool for (gender-)empowerment in your own context? Do you want to translate new knowledge into a concrete analysis of challenges and an action plan for change for your own situation? If so, this might be the course for you.

In November 2017, the Institute for housing and urban development studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (IHS), the Sustainability Institute (SI) and Holland Alumni Association South Africa (HAASA) organize a refresher course in Stellenbosch, South Africa, aimed at NFP alumni from the South-African region whose current practice is related to the theme of the course.

The course will follow a case-based learning approach. The participants work in groups on their own case study around food as tool for empowerment. This case study deals with issues such as increasing food security; sustainability of food production, consumption and food chains; and the social bonding power of food.

  • Module 1: Sustainable and Equitable Development and Change (complexity, transitions, sustainability, urban development, urban-rural linkages, food and development, food transitions, food systems, food security)
  • Module 2: (Urban) Social innovation (empowerment, vulnerability, including gender aspects, social innovation, urban (public) space; the role of social entrepreneurs and system entrepreneurs)
  • Module 3: Change Makers (Competences for change: negotiation, collaboration, leadership, autonomy, collectiveness; reflection and learning)

Participants will be familiarized with concepts (social innovation, sustainable and just urban transitions, food for development) and tools (problem analysis, stakeholder and power and system analysis, gender analysis) that help them to better understand the nature of their own challenges. Additionally they will work with tools and concepts such as co-creation (tools), placemaking (tools) and living lab (tools), that trigger innovative solutions and make assessment of potential impacts of those. At the end of the course the participants will have developed Back-Home-action plans.

Interested in participating in this challenging program? Visit the course page for more information and admission requirements!