The management of food security provides a growing opportunity for producers and retailers, with Africa’s increasingly urban population purchasing food on an ever greater scale. For those working across the food system, it is a huge challenge to ensure enough safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food that minimises waste and copes with the economic and climatic stresses. Addressing the challenges of the food system requires producers, managers, retailers, directors and policy makers to understand the changing context of the food system. Failure to understand the context will result in inefficiency, waste, poor service delivery, unsafe or even insufficient food.
Sustainable development promotes the idea that social, environmental, and economic progress is attainable within the limits of our earth’s natural resources. It approaches everything in the world as being connected through space, time and quality of life. This connectivity is critical to thinking about the food system and, in managing food security, it needs to be addressed and managed within the framework of sustainable development. There is a critical knowledge and skill gap in understanding the various food system pressures, such as land reform, governance, production and consumption trends, climate change, quotas and the availability of affordable safe, nutritious food to those who are food insecure. Understanding the food system challenges enables people to undertake accurate scenario planning and manage risks in order to develop adaptation and change management plans.
USB-ED, in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch Food Security Initiative, developed the Programme in Managing Food Security in recognition of this critical knowledge and skills gap. This programme is a first for Africa, providing participants with a learning experience that is both theoretical and practical.
You will benefit from this programme if you are a supply chain or procurement director, or a value chain manager, commercial manager, sustainability manager, strategy manager, risk manager, retailer, risk auditor, agri-processing manager, consumer goods manager, or government official without training in food security risk and scenario management. You want to enrich your knowledge of the food security status, challenges and opportunities across Africa.
What does it cover
The programme will include the following modules:
- Food security in southern Africa – the context
- Systems thinking and organisational change
- Futures thinking and scenario planning
- Sustainable competitiveness
Please note: In order to keep the structure and content of this programme relevant it is subject to change.
The University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED), a private company of Stellenbosch University, and MasterStart, an online education provider, have joined forces to present selected USB-ED focused programmes on an online platform.
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