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Food Security in an Urbanizing Society Course


Accelerated urbanization is one of the major drivers of change in our globalized world. Countries and cities are facing enormous challenges relating to food security, agricultural systems and regional development. In striving for urban food security it becomes essential to develop resilient agricultural systems, effectively link rural and urban areas, and holistically manage food chains from production to consumption.

With growing urbanization, sustainable city-region agri-food systems are essential in ensuring food security. Food production and market systems should increasingly be integrated into a holistic, systemic and spatial manner. Urban population rely heavily on all sorts of markets for their daily food needs. These are supplied through overstressed, complex agro-logistical networks often at risk of failure. This training program focuses on how rural production and urban market systems can be integrated such that urban dwellers can be assured better access to adequate quantities of nutritious food while sustaining the viability of the production areas.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Be acquainted with the basic premises of the metropolitan food cluster, sub-sector and spatial planning approaches, and how these can be integrated to ensure nutritious food to all strata of rural and urban communities
  • Be familiar with the technical and socio-economic aspects of urban agriculture and its contribution to sustainable agri-food systems
  • Have strengthened skills to analyze their own situation and design towards more sustainable solutions
  • Understand the basic premises of the metropolitan food cluster, sub-sector and spatial planning approaches, and how these can be integrated to ensure nutritious food to all strata of rural and urban communities
  • Understand and intervene in complex rural-urban planning processes from an integrated, holistic and multi-stakeholder perspective
  • Have strengthened skills to develop and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes in relation to food security in the urban regions


  • The meaning of different food outlets for urban food security; in particular for the urban poor
  • Food production in and around cities from home gardens to metropolitan food clusters
  • Characteristics of food production systems in the urban and peri-urban regions
  • Pros and cons of different food production systems
  • Food logistics which involve the following series of activities:
  • Selling food in the city: Technical aspects of urban agriculture and its contribution to sustainable agri-food systems
  • Socio- economic aspects of urban agriculture and its contribution to agri-food systems
  • Challenges to food security in the urban centers
  • Relations between agri-food systems/food & nutrition security and other grand challenges that urbanizing societies are facing
  • Identification of priorities for implementation of improved rural to urban linkages and partnerships to provide for sustainable food and nutrition security across the rural, peri-urban and urban landscape
  • The use of multi-stakeholder processes to design policies design and new forms of governance to promote food security in the urban regions


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.  

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 12th June 2017

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.     Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.     No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Duration 5 Days
Event Date 19-06-2017
Event End Date 23-06-2017
Cut off date 12-06-2017
Individual Price (Kenyan) KES 59,064.00
Individual Price (International) EUR 606.00
Individual Price (International) USD 658.00
Location Nairobi, Kenya

Group Tariffs

Group Size Kenyan Rate Per day (KES) International Rate Per day (USD/EURO)
6-10 95,000.00 $ 1,118.00
€ 1,018.00
11-15 146,250.00 $ 1,721.00
€ 1,567.00
16-20 191,250.00 $ 2,250.00
€ 2,048.00
21-25 230,000.00 $ 2,706.00
€ 2,463.00
26-30 262,500.00 $ 3,089.00
€ 2,811.00
30-50 309,825.00 $ 4,556.00
€ 0.00
3-5 62,500.00 $ 736.00
€ 670.00
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