IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning) is an interactive training programme designed to improve postgraduate-level knowledge and understanding of the food system. The project will bring together expertise and experience of scholars and students from:
- University of Oxford
- City University London
- University of Reading
- University of Warwick
- The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH, comprising researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the School of African and Oriental Studies).
The programme encompasses approaches and methods used in a wide range of disciplines. It offers masters and PhD students studying any food-related subject in these higher education institutions the opportunity to participate in an exciting, interactive training programme designed to improve knowledge and understanding of the food system.
IFSTAL addresses the urgent lack of a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. It will adopt a range of teaching methods and a virtual learning environment to link students with the complementary skills of the collaborating institutions. In addition, a comprehensive research placement and internship programme is being developed, strengthening links with potential employers.
Through IFSTAL, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for them to be more effective in the workplace. This will allow them to address the systemic challenges in food systems including widespread environmental degradation and about one billion people being hungry, two billion lacking sufficient nutrients, and over two billion overweight or obese.