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Future Food Systems


The current state of the agriculture sector is the result of system failure rather than misguided intention. Our supply chains are long and not always transparent. Our global markets are designed to aim for the lowest price, without regard for the longer-term consequences for the stakeholders.
Start date
Study duration
20 weeks
Learning path

About the programme

In addition to creating mainstream market demand as a driver for change, support services need structural reinforcing and rebuilding, national government policies need  reforming, and financial institutions need to learn to see agriculture as a business opportunity and invest in its modernisation. Transformation of the current system and, in the meantime, innovation in the current chains and businesses are needed and already in progress.

In this module, students will investigate production chains and generate ideas for improvement, to enhance sustainability and business. The module sheds light on the innovation process and on the transformation towards a new system, while encouraging students to build their professional network.

The module focuses on ‘Value-Based Change Management’: how to make the world a better place, starting with personal inner values and leading to value-based changes in the agri-food system.

The exchange programme is divided into four main topics:

  1. Transition of a sector or country in a wider system with other stakeholders (government, knowledge institutions, civil society) using Multi-Level Perspective and building Future Scenarios.
  2. Leadership and Personal Leadership, and development thereof.
  3. Circular Calculation at the process and company (link) level within the current situation, using True-Cost Accounting and Multi-Criteria Analysis.
  4. Domain: primary production or food (production).

Learning goals

The module contributes to the following learning goals:

  • Improving the sustainability of the Global Agri-food system
  • Applying bio-based & circular economy principles in agri-food systems (final)
  • Contributing to sustainable innovation in a sector (primary production or food processing/nutrition) (final)
  • Contributing to international business development
  • Providing advice
  • Networking & influencing
  • (Self) reflection and judgement
  • Project management
  • Doing research (final)

Admission requirements

The aspiring students have finished their first 3 years of higher education on bachelor's level, in which at least one major practical assignment or internship has been completed, in a programme related to: 

  • Agriculture,
  • Agribusiness,
  • Food production or
  • Environmental studies.

How to apply as an exchange student

If you want to apply for this programme please click here for information on the procedure.

Want to know more about exchange?

More info about exchange to the Netherlands, studying at HAS green academy and living in the Netherlands, can be found on our special Study at HAS page.

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