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Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology

Explore how technology and digitalisation can change how the food system operates, reducing waste and environmental pressures.

Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology
  • Duration5 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Discover how innovative technologies could revolutionise the food sector

Food quality and safety is increasingly under threat as natural resources are stretched by climate change, hunger, and explosive population growth.

On this course, you’ll learn how the food sector can respond to these challenges by adopting innovative tech. You’ll discover how data-enabled technologies are becoming more accessible and affordable, driving a revolution in how the food business operates.

You’ll identify how these innovations can make the food chain and food systems more efficient and productive, allowing them to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

What topics will you cover?

● The challenges in the food system: from feeding a growing population, the competition for resources, climate change, the complexity of the global food chain to the double burden of malnutrition

● How innovation and digitalisation of the food chain can play an important role in overcoming the challenges in the food system

● State of the art technologies across the entire food chain, from farm to fork, that have the potential to transform the food system; and achieve productive, nutritious, sustainable and transparent food systems that contribute to global food security and the sustainable development goals

● The management perspectives – economic, environmental, technical, political, welfare and market factors – stakeholders and/or entrepreneurs must consider before introducing and/or adopting technology in the food chain

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess the issues in transitioning to a digitalised food system – economic, environmental, technical, political, welfare and market factors
  • Identify the issues related to a sustainable and innovative food system which delivers the dietary needs of a rising population in a safe, sustainable and responsible way
  • Explore the different technologies which can transform the food sector
  • Develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and health benefits which digital technology can offer the food system
  • Lead and power learners to become innovative and make the food sector the forefront of innovation

Who is the course for?

Everyone is welcome to join for general interest purposes.

This course would particularly appeal to professionals working in the agri-food sector, and entrepreneurs and enterprises looking to transform the food sector with technological advancements and new trends.

Who will you learn with?

Michaela is a Lecturer in Education working on the development of EITFOOD education programmes. Her background is in food science and research at the Institute for Global Food Security.

I am Manager Technology Innovation Strategy at the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center in Germany. My research focus is on precision agriculture and sustainable food production

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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