In order to deal with issues of food security, it is important to understand the globalized nature of food systems and how this context challenge attempts to address hunger and food security.


This course is particularly relevant in terms of the recent international and especially South African national initiatives around food security, which have seen high-level meetings of government departments, food processors, retailers, consumer groups, NGOs and farmers engaging around how to achieve food security in South Africa.

Participants will be introduced to varying notions of food security and a deep discussion of globalised food systems is a key focus: how international food trade works; challenges of globalised food systems; issues around climate change, food miles, peak oil, land for biofuels vs land for food and the environmental sustainability of this food system.

Central themes will include:

  • Overview of globalised food systems
  • Food and nutrition security – global status, policy responses and debates
  • Food systems thinking
  • Food security and agricultural policy in South Africa (with references to other country cases too)

When attending this short course at the Sustainability Institute, the entire space is part of the learning experience. Come and learn in an environment that is engaging and mindful, where discussions can be enjoyed with a diversity of people, creativity be renewed through immersion, where we learn with nature in mind and ensure just futures are sustained through generative thinking.


This course is ideal for

Postgraduate students, professionals, and practitioners working in government, corporate or civil society sectors who wish to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the forces at work in the globalized food system and the causes of hunger and obesity. This course offers the opportunity to truly get to grips with this complex phenomenon, as it is only through a thorough examination of the problems that one can begin to assess and create possible solutions.


Short course attendees who satisfy the minimum performance requirements for the course i.e. attendance of the full 6-day course, contribution to the class, group projects and completion of the individual assignment, will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance from USB-ED.

Date & Time

8 to 13 April 2019

It will run Monday to Friday from 08:15 to 17:15 and Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00


The Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Road, Off Baden Powell/R310, Stellenbosch


6-day Course: R10 800 per person

The above price includes lunch and tea breaks (Mon – Fri).


Applications for short courses close strictly 10 working days before a course commences, accompanied by full payment of the course fees.

For more information please contact Nicole Adams at or +27 21 918 4207.

The short courses are delivered by the School of Public Leadership in partnership with the Sustainability Institute and administered by USB-ED.

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