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About the Course

The UN predicts we will be 9-10 billion people on Earth in 2050. Providing so many people with nutritious foods is a massive challenge and one that cannot be met by simply upscaling current practices regarding food production and consumption. Providing humanity with nutritional food is at the center of all decisions related to sustainable development. Agriculture is responsible for 80% of global deforestation. The food systems release 29% of global greenhouse gasses. We use an area equivalent to North and South America combined for the production of meat for consumption or to produce the food necessary to feed the animals we eat. 70% of fresh water use is related to agriculture. These figures are staggering, and they show us, that we need to rethink and transform the way we produce, distribute and consume food worldwide. This course focuses on how food systems can become more sustainable. It consists of four modules where each focuses on an essential ingredient towards developing more sustainable food systems: (1) Boosting the small, (2) Transforming the big, (3) Losing less and (4) Eating smarter. In each of these key areas, we will meet people from different countries around the world, who labor every day to find and spread solutions that work. Connecting the challenges that must be overcome to develop a sustainable global food system with the solutions being developed by the amazing group of people you meet in this course has been a huge source of inspiration for me. I truly believe that the global food system can be transformed to sustainably meet the needs of 9-10 billion people and, with this course, I dare you to join me!...

Top reviews


Oct 29, 2020

This was a fantastic course and along with the other course in the sustainable development goals has only highlighted my interest in continuing this on after my masters research into a PhD. Thank you!


Sep 8, 2021

The course is really amazing. It helps you realize what is actually needed for our planet. And teaches us how we can contribute in the transformation to achieve food sustainability.


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By Louise M

May 18, 2020

The course has a good balance between problems and solutions with regard to feeding a growing population with less environmental impact than currently. The examples of how different stakeholders have developed more sustainable solutions within their community and/or field of expertise were very inspiring.

By Khyati S

Jul 21, 2020

Indeed a good course for understanding about the sustainable Agriculture.

By Prakash. R

Jul 29, 2020

I learned many of the information gathered in this courses.

By Rafiul A

Jun 8, 2020


By Heather G

Aug 16, 2020

Very important content shared in this course. It is very inspiring to learn what many global leaders are actively doing, across the world, to help global citizens. There are loads of people working to make the world a better, healthier, sustainable place. I am excited to be aware of this information and will continue to learn and share, so I can also contribute to the goals. The Professor has curated great videos and supplementary readings to showcase many aspects of global pressures. Well done and highly recomment.

By Hope S

Oct 30, 2020

This was a very well designed course. As a beginner level student to this topic, I found it extremely interesting and it gives me a very different perspective on this topic. It is encouraging to hear about current progress and initiatives all over the world. Although the goals for agriculture are very high, they do feel achievable if there is very serious, sustained effort across the world. The fact that it is achievable and there is a path to follow is encouraging.

By Ana C L V

Jun 4, 2020

Amazing! Everyone should take some time to learn how their food choices impact food sustainability.

By Aurelia B

Nov 30, 2020

Amazing course that provides fundamental knowledge in global food systems. I've learned that a sustainable transformation goes beyond personal eating habits and feel like I enriched my understanding of where I can be impactful myself. The course content is illustrated nicely by using many videos which cover existing solutions in the global south, Denmark, Netherlands and further supported by different studies and viduslized data which deepened my understanding further. I enjoyed it and can highly recommend it.


Jul 20, 2020

It was really a brilliant effort. I would like to thank you all for creating such an inovative stuff. Human activites are the drivers for mass scale changes that threatening our survival on our own planet. There is really need to transform our technology, policies, food systems, behaviours and preferences. This course gave the whole scenario of where are standing at the moment.

By Nusayer A

Sep 11, 2020

The whole course is about food & agriculture system. How the traditional food production system is affecting the world & how it should be transformed. How to achieve the sustainable food production to meet the SDGs is also present in the course. The examples were very clear to understand. Thank you very much Professor Katherine Richardson Madam, Coursera & all others.

By Chak M A Y

Oct 10, 2020

Love this course. It exposes learners on all fronts of the global transformation happening in food systems. The course showcases examples from around the world of research, initiatives, and startups that work towards a sustainable food system on multiple fronts and gives a comprehensive overview of what works, and what needs more work. Inspiring and aspirational.

By Donavan R

Sep 5, 2020

A fascinating course that offers hope to learner that we may be able to use technology and our current knowledge to achieve the SDGs and reduce our carbon footprint in the Global Food Industry. This course introduces learners to many interesting innovations that will dramatically change our lives and may in fact save our future.

By José E V P

Nov 30, 2020

It helped me understand the reality of what we need to change and achieve in order to mitigate climate change caused by wrongly managing our food system. I can now start changing major aspects of how I consume food so I can reduce the negative impact I have on the environment, and eventually, invite other to do so.

By Adrianus N V

Aug 31, 2020

I want to thank professor Catharine Richardson for the very interesting course Transformation of the Global Food System that helped me to understand better the enormous task we all have to feed in a sustainable way now and in the coming years the world population that unfortunately at the moment is still growing .

By HninThidar M

Jul 12, 2022

Thank you for giving me very production time and valuable information on transformation of global food system. I understand better now what is my role in this challenging, but possible process.

By Kwadwo A K

Jan 4, 2022

This course has enlightened me about the global food system and how we all as individuals can help to improve and produce sustainable and resilient food systems that can withstand any shock.

By Shivam V

Jul 10, 2021

I can easily send a single powerful message :- switch over to labor intensive, cost effective, eco friendly and long lasting organic agriculture, unrefined diet and foods with no chemicals.

By Teo S K

Oct 19, 2020

Great insight that give an overview of global food trends and their links to sustainability, food environments and food systems, the current global momentum for food system transformation and the need for nutrition scientists to leverage this momentum in terms of increased evidence generation and policy advocacy. Science-based social movements to catalyze climate action and reduce food waste in food systems. Too good to go food apps can be implemented globally and education and sharing of information is critical to save global food environment. Behavioral change, by producers and consumers alike and government intervention, is necessary for transformation. Social movements have the power to trigger transformation, spurring change by businesses and reduce GHG and food waste. Many thanks to all that contributed to this course, special thanks to Professor Katherine Richardson and Kate Raworth.

By Erich K

Aug 21, 2022

This was an outstanding course. Not only does it help you understand the foundations of our global food system, the issues we face, and potential solutions, it does so in a very grounded way by highlighting case studies and concrete examples that pair nicely with the theoretical and conceptual frameworks discussed. The presentation of the course (engaging videos, discussion prompts, and clear weekly learning goals and short quizzes) were user-friendly, digestible, and kept me very interested as a learner. The videos were not someone just reciting a lecture with graphics, but aesthetically provocative footage and on-the-ground interviews with real people doing real work. All around 10/10 course!

By Diana A

Sep 30, 2022

A great course for an introduction-intermediate learning about the transformation of the global food system. Not usage of a lot of technical vocabulary.

I think this course is adequate for every person, from professionals in the field to non-professional. To get to know the different topics that evolves a change in the global food system and what we as individuals can do.

It also informs you on what apps, software programs, and startups are having an impact on the 1st world countries and how can we apply this techniques in other countries.

By Connie

Aug 25, 2022

Is indeed challenging and very well presented and the presenters are clear. Is a starting point and we need everyone to be part of the solution. Is not just replacement of plant based but solution of extending shelf life storage is much overlook by many. Communication and awareness and govt support and big companies has to support. Education to reduce food consumption and nutrious food intake. Treating the food waste by using it in other menus and the last is to treat it to convert it to food waste compost for gardening.

By Fazla Z A

Sep 27, 2020

Brilliantly conceived and put together course covering the key touch points for sustainable food production moving forward, well done to the University of Copenhagen. Very interesting course. I recommend it for every person who cares about protecting the environment and who wants to lead a healthier life in a better world for the future generations. Eye-opener and inspirational. Gives you an in depth view of the world's agricultural system and food value chain. Learned lots of lessons from this course!

By Jacques v W

Sep 13, 2021

As someone that is transitioning to consult exclusively in the area of food ciscularity, this course could not have come at a better time. The content and information in this course is given in a clear and easy-to-follow manner, without steering away from the importance of the subject.

I can reccomend this course to anyone who has concerns about the global food situation, especially in the light of how we will feed around 8-10 billion people in 2050.

By Helen C

Aug 23, 2022

Ths has been a particularly inspiring learning journey! I am merely an interested ex- Englsh teacher, but naturally very concerned about our earthly predicament. Information is accessible and both general and specific (!). The structure of the course is motivating: goal-driven without being pressured. I am sorry it s only a 6-week course. Thank you to everyone who was involved in offering this course.

By Karishma

Jul 19, 2022

This Course is very fantastic and aware about how important Transformation of Global Food Safety This course also enlightened me about how important to switch less meat and move on plant based protein. its need to transfrom more Sustainable food product and organic agriculture and how we all as individual can help to improve and produce sustainable food System.