Food Security Certificate Program

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Food PolicyDo you have a keen passion and interest in food security? Then, register today for our post-degree Certificate in Food Security!

The certificate explores the challenges of creating sustainable food systems based on social justice and democratic decision-making that will ensure the right of dignified access to healthy food. The program’s perspective on food security is local and global covering both rural and urban situations. Participants will learn how to strengthen the sustainability of city food systems through the development of innovative urban agriculture policy and practices.  They will also learn the challenges facing rural farming communities worldwide and explore the possibilities for supporting farming livelihoods and rebuilding local food systems for the public good. An essential part of the certificate is also building student’s understanding of how the food policy environment determines food security outcomes and the necessity for collaborative, inclusive, transparent and accountable approaches to food policy planning and implementation.

As regards urban agriculture, a course series has been developed as part of the elective offerings in partnership between Ryerson University and the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Netherlands. Students can do this series of four urban agriculture courses separate from the certificate if they so wish and receive an official university award of completion.

The current course offerings for winter 2015 are:

·         Concepts and Principles of Food security (CFNY403)

·         Food Security Policy and Programs (CFNY404)

·         Community Development and Food Security (CFNY407)

·         Understanding Urban Agriculture (CVFN410)

For more information on how to register for the courses offered starting 4 May, 2015, contact Reg Noble (Academic Coordinator) at Registration is open until 11 May, 2015

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