World Food System Summer School: Food Systems in Transition

The question of how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment and social wellbeing is one of the defining challenges of our time. From changes in land use to dietary shifts, contemporary transitions in the food system have profound implications around the globe.

Join the World Food System Summer School and connect with a community of motivated and like-minded students, researchers and practitioners from around the world who are all committed to building sustainable food systems.

The 2017 summer school is hosted at the Sustainability Institute in Lynedoch Ecovillage, near Stellenbosch, South Africa. The SI is an international living and learning center dedicated to finding ways to sustain the ecosystem and foster a more equitable society.

  • Discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovations in food systems across disciplines, sectors and scales. Collaborate with producers, leading research institutes, industry players, policy makers, and civil society representatives.
  • Learn how to apply a food systems perspective. The program will take an integrated approach that considers interactions across the food system and with its environmental, social, political, and economic boundary conditions.
  • Be creative and innovative. Exchange ideas and work on case studies to address contemporary challenges of the world food system as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team.
  • Examine how transitions in land use and diets affect global food and nutrition security while engaging with experts in the field and building an international network.
    Experience first-hand the realities of sustainable production systems.

This immersion learning experience integrates lectures, group work, case studies, workshops, excursions, art, and includes guest speakers and evening social and cultural activities. You will also have the chance to do hands-on work on the farm.


To apply, you must complete an online application form and submit (upload via the form) the following:   

  • your curriculum vitae
  • letter of recommendation. This letter should be from a professor if you are currently a student or a letter from your employer if you have graduated.
  • motivation letter. The motivation letter should communicate your answers to the following three questions: why do you want to come to this course? What can you contribute? What do you hope to do after this course? 

Your complete application must be submitted by 10 February 2017, 8 AM CET. The call for applications is now closed.

Source and further details: World Food System Center