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Certificate in Food Security, Ryerson University and the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Netherlands

Deadline January 25, 2016

The certificate explores the challenges of creating sustainable food systems based on social justice and democratic decision-making that will ensure the right of dignified access to healthy food. The program’s perspective on food security is local and global covering both rural and urban situations. Participants will learn how to strengthen the sustainability of city food systems through the development of innovative urban agriculture policy and practices.  They will also learn the challenges facing rural farming communities worldwide and explore the possibilities for supporting farming livelihoods and rebuilding local food systems for the public good. An essential part of the certificate is also building student’s understanding of how the food policy environment determines food security outcomes and the necessity for collaborative, inclusive, transparent and accountable approaches to food policy planning and implementation.

With regard to urban agriculture, a course series has been developed as part of the elective offerings in partnership between Ryerson University and the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Netherlands. Students can do this series of four urban agriculture courses separate from the certificate if they so wish and receive an official university award of completion.

The current online course offerings for Winter 2016 are:

  • Concepts and Principles of Food security (CFNY403)
  • Applied Research Methods and Evaluation (CFNY405)
  • Urban Food Security (CFNY408)
  • Dimensions of Urban Agriculture (CVFN411)

For more information on how to register for the courses starting January 18, 2016, contact Reg Noble (Academic Coordinator) at Registration is open until January 25, 2016.


In May 2013, the program received a national award for excellence in continuing education from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE). In November 2013, the Certificate received a North American Pedagogical Innovation award from the Sloan Consortium, an organization that supports online education across North America and has hundreds of institutional members. Our program was the only Canadian one to receive an award.