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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.

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Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology

2,382 enrolled on this course

  • 5 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Discover how innovative technologies could revolutionise the food sector

Please note that this course runs without facilitation. A Spanish version of the course can be found here.

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds By 2050, global food systems will need to feed and nourish more than 9 billion people in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. In order to achieve global food security for future generations, innovations and technology will play an important role. This free online course will showcase 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, which contribute to global food security. If you are working in the food sector and looking to innovate through technological advancements, or aspiring to become an agent of change, this course will help you on your journey towards an innovative, inclusive, and trusted food system for the future.


  • Week 1

    Precision Farming

    • Welcome to the course!

      Hello and welcome to our course on Revolutionising the Food Chain with Technology. Find out what you will be learning and how the course is taught here.

    • Precision Agriculture

      Precision agriculture is innovative farming management practises, which involve observing, measuring, controlling, and optimising agricultural production processes.

    • Agricultural robotics

      Throughout history, farmers have been inventive in developing tools to lighten their job. Agricultural robotics, a robot deployed for agricultural purposes, are increasingly used at the harvesting stage.

    • Summary

      Congratulations you have reached the end of week 1. This week we have explored precision farming. Let's reflect on this week.

  • Week 2

    Manufacturing Technologies

    • Introduction to Week 2!

      Hello and welcome to week 2 of the course. This week we will take a closer look at novel food formulations; industry 4.0 and food manufacturing; and smart food packaging.

    • Novel Food Ingredients

      As food supply chains are constantly evolving toward healthier food production and better resource management, novel food ingredients are becoming increasingly important for achieving sustainable food production.

    • Food Manufacturing

      Technology and digitalisation allows the food industry to move towards greater automation and data exchange in food manufacturing, thereby optimising the sectors productivity, sustainability and economic performance.

    • Food Packaging

      New forms of active and intelligent packaging are becoming cost-effective and have the potential to address the substantial amount of food waste across the globe.

    • Summary

      Congratulations! You have reached the end of week 2. This week we have looked at novel food formulations; industry 4.0 and food manufacturing; and smart and active food packaging. Please reflect on your learning this week.

  • Week 3

    Food Sensing Technologies

    • Welcome to Week 3!

      Welcome to week 3. Globally, the food sector plays a significant direct role in human well-being. This week we will explore food sensing technologies for the provision of authentic food ‘fit for human consumption'.

    • Food Quality

      The term food quality represents the sum of all properties and attributes of a food item that are acceptable to the customer.

    • Food Safety

      Food safety is a scientific discipline describing the handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illness. A food safety hazard is any biological, chemical or physical agent that could cause illness.

    • Food Authenticity

      The food sector plays a significant direct role in human well-being through the provision of authentic food fit for human consumption. We will take a closer look at food fraud and technologies monitoring food authenticity.

    • Summary

      Congratualtions, we have reached the end of week 3. This week we have explored technologies to monitor food quality, safety and authenticity. It is now time to reflect on what you have learnt.

  • Week 4

    Personalised Nutrition and Consumer Engagement

    • Welcome to Week 4!

      Hello and welcome to week 4 of the course. This week we will take a closer look at personalised nutrition and consumer engagement.

    • Personalised Nutrition

      Personalized nutrition aims to prevent the onset and development of chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and dyslipidemia, by targeting dietary recommendations to an individual’s characters

    • 3D Food Printing

      3D Printing is driving major innovations in the food industry. It allows manufacturing of food products using a variety of additive manufacturing techniques.

    • New ways of shopping and digitial engagement

      Digital engagement is anything and everything that involves communication and the use of digitial tools; and techniques to find, listen to and mobilise a community around an issue. We will look at this and new ways of shopping.

    • Summary

      Congratulations! You have reached the end of week 4. This week we have looked at personalized nutrition, 3D food printing and consumer engagement with food. Please reflect on your learning this week.

  • Week 5

    Management Perspectives

    • Welcome to Week 5!

      Digital technology has already played a role in revolutionising other industries, however the food and agriculture sector is falling behind on the technology adoption curve. This week we will look at some of the reasons for this.

    • Management Perspectives

      The use of digital technology in the food system is highly complex and involves a number of management considerations. We will take a close at the economic, environmental, political, technical, market and welfare factors.

    • Summary

      Congratulations! You have reached the end of the course. Lets take some time to reflect on everything you have learnt.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the different technologies which can transform the food sector
  • 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
  • Explain food sensing technologies for the provision of authentic food ‘fit for human consumption'.
  • Develop an appreciation of the economic, environmental and health benefits which digital technology can offer the food system
  • Produce an innovation plan to bring the food sector to the forefront of innovation
  • Assess the issues in transitioning to a digitalised food system – economic, environmental, technical, political, welfare and market factors

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.

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on this topic, you might also find of interest the following EIT Food courses on food system, technology and sustainability:

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

Wouter is a professor in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Leuven in Belgium. His research is focused on optical sensing for food quality assesment and precision agriculture.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

Queen's University Belfast

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

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