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Forthcoming MOOC on Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective

The worldwide known concept of Mediterranean diet clearly opens the debate on food provision as an holistic issue that needs to be analyzed “from landscape to table”, by examining all the complex dynamics pertaining political, social, cultural, economic and nutritional issues. Climate change, population growth and unsustainable farming practices are threatening the region and have led to water scarcity, desertification and biodiversity loss.

This is a great opportunity for re-invention and re-imagination of the region. Academics, creative thinkers and practitioners who understand that every obstacle is the doorway to opportunity and envisage the Mediterranean Basin as a laboratory, where ancient wisdom and design will lead to a new way to think about food systems overall.

Forthcoming MOOC on Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective
Forthcoming MOOC on Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective

The MOOC on “Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective" has been developed in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Mediterranean with SDG Academy, consists of a series of pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion forums. The course is available in English, with the option of Italian and French subtitles.

The learning project deals with environmental and climate-related challenges basing upon Mediterranean experience, how sustainable farming systems is being utilized as a roadmap for positive action and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin, by:

  • outlining the history of agriculture and its main characteristics in these countries with a focus on “Mediterranean diet” as immaterial cultural heritage,
  • providing a summary of global challenges and issues towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a specific focus on Mediterranean area,
  • sharing the main statistics and data source about Mediterranean agriculture in the 21st century with a focus on different rural development models, the cross-over effects with other economic sector, the main drivers of international trade,
  • exploring the EU policy frameworks addressed to this area
  • outlining professional needs to face sustainability issues and the new job opportunities


Enroll to the course on the website


The MOOC is based on data collected within the Food Sustainability Index, an analysis carried out by the BCFN Foundation and The Economist, which measures the sustainability of food systems through 35 indicators. The document places a special focus on the Mediterranean region and the challenges it faces, within the wider 34-country study.

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