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Powering Agriculture – Free online course

Updated: 11 January 2016

The Sida-supported challenge fund Powering Agricultureis launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in cooperation with TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences. The 8-week course will begin on February 1st and is open for everyone interested in the energy-agriculture nexus.

Around one third of the energy used worldwide goes into the production and processing of food from field to table. Given the current energy system mix, the agrifood industry sector is however heavily dependent on fossil fuel inputs for production, transport, processing and distribution, and contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

“Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in cooperationTH Köln – University of Applied Sciences. The course is open to everyone and introduces challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food industry.

The online course introduces approaches for sustainably providing energy throughout all stages of agricultural value chains. Challenges but also solutions will be analyzed, concrete technologies will be examined focusing on their utility to promote access to clean energy. Participants will further be familiarized with relevant external influences such as market conditions, politics, and financing schemes of “powering agricultural” projects.

The course will run from Feb. 1 – Mar. 27, 2016 (8 weeks), with a minimum of 3–4 hours a week for reading course materials and collaborative online work.

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