The proposed summer school aims at offering state of the art multidimensional research studying food system, food rights, food security and food policies and associated challenges in developing countries.

In developing countries availability and affordability of good and nutritious food doesn’t concern only agricultural productivity and food chain effectiveness, but several other factors including land tenure rights, gender issues, retailing systems, market inefficiency, food and nutrition education and habits, national and local policies, etc.

This one-week Summer School offers intensive training on the most innovative research in food security and provides a strong learning environment and a unique opportunity for acquiring new knowledge in an interdisciplinary setting.

The course will address specific themes:

  • Introduction and analysis of food security, hunger, malnutrition and climate change;
  • Definition of vulnerable groups and community food insecurity issues;
  • Study of food law and policy;
  • Analysis of social and economic determinants of food choices;
  • Food planning in rural and urban areas;
  • Spatial and environmental analysis of food systems;
  • Use of ICT for enhancing food security;
  • Case study analysis.

Using  a multidisciplinary approach, the course aims to meet the growing need for a new generation of well-rounded academics, professionals and policy makers.

This school is aimed at PhD students, advanced master students, postdocs. and researchers from different disciplines and practitioners working in governments, companies, foundations, worker cooperatives, non-profit organisations, farming associations and civil society organisations. .

Informal discussions will be strongly encouraged, and specific time slots will be reserved for this important part of the school.