A rice farmer looking after his paddy in Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia. We are glad you have joined us on this journey through some of the most important environment and development issues of our time. We look forward to learning and engaging with you all.

About the course

Over the next five weeks we will examine food production, consumption and security across Southeast Asia, using the “food systems” concept as our guide. As we’ll explain later in the course, this means we focus not only on individual elements of the food system, but also on the relationships between those elements, as well as their impacts. The systems perspective lets us tackle the difficult question of why things are as they are today, and examine how we can achieve better outcomes.
We start with introducing the food systems approach, including key concepts, relationships and global trends. Subsequent weeks will focus on the following topics, largely in the context of Southeast Asia:

  • Food systems and natural resource use
  • Food system governance and actors
  • Food security, healthy diets and livelihoods
  • Moving towards sustainable food systems.
  • Throughout the course we will learn from the experts, dig into complex problems, share our ideas and reactions to the latest science, and discuss how we can take an active role in creating and maintaining sustainable food systems. Your ideas and perspectives are key to the success of this course. We are very glad to have you with us, and look forward to hearing from you.

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    Image Source: “A rice farmer looking after his paddy in Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia” by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC BY-SA 3.0

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    Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia

    Stockholm Environment Institute