Improving sustainability in farming and food systems by bringing in agroecological approach through action learning
Where: Calcutta, India
Main stakeholders involved: 1) Farmer Trainers and extension workers 2) Entrepreneurs working with food value chain.
Multi-actor approach in case: Students and agrifood professionals co-create knowledge in industry.
Expected outcome: In this case, we develop and conduct pilot courses on food and farming systems in India. In a cyclical way, we reflect whether it effectively address the existing learning gaps for farmers and extension workers (analysed in WP1) and train the skills for achieving sustainability in food and farming systems. The course is developed in order to foster competencies for sustainable consumption and production. With the NextFOOD action learning cycle, the case will reveal whether the adopted pedagogy promotes the competency to address the complexity of sustainable food and farming system. This case, based on action-oriented and practice-oriented learning, will offer a new approach to the outreach of sustainability knowledge in India. The courses to be piloted under the case are 1) three 1-month certificate courses at graduate level 2) two 3-months course on agroecology for farmers, trainers and extension workers 3) two 3-months course on sustainable food systems and business development for entrepreneurs in the food value chain business. The case will take place in India but managed by staff employed by the German organization WHH.