Food systems courses
The Food Systems Centre at the SI was one of the first places in South Africa to offer courses on sustainable agriculture at a postgraduate level, through its link with Stellenbosch University. It remains a leader in this area as its course offerings at postgraduate level now include a focus on broader food security and food systems issues, as well as offering immersive learning experiences in India for students and practitioners.
FSC staff are responsible for academic coordination of the 'sustainable food systems' stream within the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters' degree in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University. These courses are also open to practitioners i.e. people who would like to do the course on a standalone basis, without being registered for a degree.
A relatively new initiative is the Agroecology Academy, a programme that offers youth the opportunity to earn National Qualifications Framework-accreditated certificates in sustainable plant production and farm management.
Working with the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University, the Food Systems Centre helps to run Summer and Winter Schools in transdisciplinary research approaches for students and academic staff.