The NextFOOD project has adopted a case-oriented approach because in real-life cases the complex topic of learning in agrifood and forestry systems come into full play and, thus, can be studied under realistic conditions. These cases refer to a wide range of agrifood and forestry systems in different geographical locations (Europe, Africa and Asia). Its base is experiential, action-based and action-oriented learning where competence development and life-long learning by the student—the new agrifood and forestry professional—is equally important as the subject—sustainable agrifood and forestry. In a participatory manner involving students, stakeholders and faculty, the case is continuously exploring theory and methods for fostering these key skills.
We will perform a mentoring approach to case development, where more mature cases, will act as a mentor for the less mature and pilot cases. Thus, action research will be carried out, not only to improve the case as such but also to gain insights that can be adapted and used elsewhere to pursue similar goals.