The first course “Dimensions of Urban Agriculture” will start in September and will deal in detail with the different dimensions of UA: its food security dimensions, environmental, health and social dimensions, economic dimensions and UA as a strategy to increase cities’ resilience. It will quantify and qualify UA impacts in these various areas where possible, discuss how to asses these impacts at local level and illustrate policy and intervention strategies as to enhance UAs’ contribution in the various fields. In short, a course that will provide you more food for thought and inputs for action planning or policy lobbying.
The second course “Urban Agriculture Policy Making” will start in January 2010. It will discuss participatory policy formulation processes leading to sustainable development and institutionalisation of urban agriculture. It starts discussing tools and methodologies for analysing stakeholders, farming systems, land uses, and regulatory frameworks. Next steps involve strategic planning, followed by the formulation of action projects and policies and their implementation (considering contrasting disciplinary perspectives), and finally, monitoring and evaluation. The course highlights lessons from a wide array of cities around the world.
Both courses will be fully offered on-line and does not require participation in any face-2-face meetings or sessions. Costs for participation amount to 474 Canadian Dollars (for Canadian and international participants alike).
For further information on course content, set up or inscription please contact:
Reg Noble, Ryerson Coordinator of the Food Security Certificate