Towards sustainable food security

 Promoting inclusive urban agriculture in the context of land constraints and challenges

Country and location

DatesThis course has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new dates are still to be decided.
Application DeadlineTo be confirmed
Local partnersDepartment of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Engineering - Ain Shams University, Egypt; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale, Germany ZusamMenarbeit (GIZ), Cairo
CoordinatorsBahar Sakizlioglu, Maartje van Eerd, Alonso Ayala

This course is organized with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nuffic.

Should I join this course?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Egypt, Mena region and the Horn of Africa. Alumni are allowed to invite colleagues, if well motivated and to a limited extent. This course is aimed at alumni whose current practice is related to the theme of the course. Female participation is strongly encouraged. The participants will be chosen based on their relevant professional backgrounds, strong motivation and high potential of prolonged development impact of the training.

Check here the eligibility criteria.

Course Content

As cities grow, scarcity of land for urban growth and/or rising land prices may pressure the urban agriculture and thereby food security in cities. Climate risks, water management challenges exacerbate this condition. City governments and urban professionals face a very challenging question: How to promote ecologically sustainable, inclusive urban agriculture and food security in the presence of land management constraints? This course addresses this problem via two modules.

Module 1: Building Ecologically Sustainable Food Security through Inclusive Urban Agriculture

This module

1) introduces theories, debates on food systems and food security

2) provides an assessment of food insecurity from a gender perspective.

3) discusses urban agriculture as a tool for building ecologically sustainable food security in the context of land constraints in fast-growing cities.

4) discusses urban agriculture, food security and land constraints in the relevant regions focusing on institutional, regulatory frameworks and policies.

Module 2: Good Practices, Creative Solutions Regarding Inclusive Urban Agriculture in the Context of Land Constraints and Challenges.

This module focuses on good practices, planning, land and housing interventions, creative solutions to ensure inclusive urban agriculture in the light of land constraints.

What will I learn?

You will be able to: 

  • Apply planning, land and housing interventions, creative solutions i.e. using urban waste and idle/underutilized land as resources for sustainable urban agriculture.
  • Use urban agriculture as a tool in disadvantaged neighborhoods to build communities while engaging in poverty alleviation (i.e. through jobs created by urban agriculture, strengthening community feeling).
    • Understand theories, debates on food security, ecologically sustainable urban agriculture and managing land scarcity, challenges in fast-growing cities.
    • Critically reflect on policies, practices on urban agriculture, sustainable food security in the context of land scarcity and challenges in Egypt, Mena region and the Horn of Africa.
    • Design and apply inclusive planning processes and strategies of climate-smart, ecologically sustainable inclusive urban agriculture through action planning.