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Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL)

“Food Systems Learning”

Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes.

IFSTAL is an interactive training programme designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. With core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it will bring together expertise and experience of faculty and students from five leading higher education institutions [1].

IFSTAL addresses the urgent lack of a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. It will adopt a range of teaching methods and a virtual learning environment to link students with the complementary skills of the collaborating institutions. In addition, a comprehensive research placement and internship programme is being developed, strengthening links with potential employers. Through IFSTAL, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for them to be more effective in the workplace. This will allow them to address the systemic failings in food systems which have resulted in about one billion people being hungry, two billion lacking sufficient nutrients, and over two billion overweight or obese.

The University of Warwick is a partner in this exciting new initiative. The opportunity to participate will be open to all post-graduate students at the University with an interest in ‘food systems’. The initiative is complementary to the University’s Global Research Priority on Food.

For more information please contact:

rosemary dot collier at warwick dot ac dot uk

Programme lead: john dot ingram at eci dot ox dot ac dot uk

[1] University of Oxford, City University-London, University of Reading, University of Warwick and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH, comprising researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the School of Oriental and African Studies).

Oxford University   City of London University   University of Reading   University of Warwick   LCIRAH   HEFCE