MOOC “Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food” Kick-off on February 1st

About the Course

This MOOC will introduce participants to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and introduces approaches for sustainably providing energy throughout all stages of agricultural value chains. Challenges but also solutions will be analysed, concrete technologies will be examined focusing on their utility to promote access to clean energy. Participants will further be familiarized with relevant external influences such as market conditions, politics, and financing schemes of “powering agricultural" projects. Learning materials, developed by well-known experts, will be available as offline reading materials as well as videos on a week-by-week basis and are accompanied by assignments that will require the application of the newly learned skills.

Background

Around one third of the energy used worldwide goes into the production and processing of food from field to table. Given the current energy system mix, the agrifood sector is however heavily dependent on fossil fuel inputs for production, transport, processing and distribution, and contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. With a continuously growing world population the need for food and for energy to produce it is increasing. At the same time millions of farmers and processors in developing countries and emerging economies lack access to clean energy technologies for irrigation, drying, cooling, storage and other processes. How can these needs be met sustainably? We have to produce more food with less energy, make energy use more efficient, and introduce and upscale more clean energy technologies.

Who can participate?

Everyone worldwide interested in the energy-agriculture nexus. Participation is free of charge.

Duration and Workload

February 1 to March 27 2016 (8 weeks), with a minimum of 3-4 hours a week for reading course materials and collaborative online work.

Certificates

Participants will be awarded a personalised certificate issued by the PAEGC initiative and the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences for continuous contribution the course. The certificate policies will follow soon.

Contact

PoweringAg-MOOC [at] giz.de