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Improving nutrition through agriculture and food systems course



Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) develops e- learning courses for professionals working in food and nutrition security, social and economic development and sustainable management of natural resources.

FAO provides learners with free access to content that can interest them and support them in their job. The courses cover a wealth of topics of global interest. They offer content for self-pace learning as well as materials for trainers and references to existing bibliography and online resources.

This course illustrates the linkages between agriculture, food systems and nutrition. Starting from two realistic scenarios, the course describes benefits and opportunities for integrating nutrition into food system policies, investments and programmes. It also provides a series of examples of nutrition-sensitive policies and interventions, as well as an overview of the main initiatives and commitment on nutrition on which learners can build to integrate nutrition in their work.


The course consists of 5 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 Why does nutrition matter?
  • Lesson 2 How does the food system influence nutrition?
  • Lesson 3 Making agriculture and food systems nutrition-sensitive: key principles
  • Lesson 4 Making agriculture and food systems nutrition-sensitive: key interventions
  • Lesson 5 A conducive international environment for nutrition


The course is designed to assist professionals from any fields related to agriculture and food systems (from inputs and production, through processing, storage, transport and retailing, to consumption) that are involved in shaping and implementing nutrition-sensitive programmes, investments and policies. This includes professionals working for development partners (i.e. international organizations, donor agencies, NGOs), for national governments or as independent consultants.


FAO works with a range of partners to ensure high-quality to our learning materials.

  • A wide range of Subject Matter Experts from around the world are involved in the development, peer review and translation of content.
  • Our Instructional Designers take care of the design of the courses, from the definition of learning objectives to the use of appropriate instructional strategies to make the content easy to understand and engaging for learners.
  • The Courseware Developers develop and publish the courses by paying attention to the diverse needs of users. CD-Rom, online and downloadable versions of our courses are made available to match different technical settings.

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For more details visit here the FAO website.