Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
As the world’s population is continuously growing, demands for food and energy increases considerably. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that by 2050 current food production needs to rise by 70 percent to satisfy the expanding demand (FAO, 2011).
Given the planetary boundaries, especially limited energy and water resources, meeting this target is one of the century’s biggest challenges. At the same time millions of farmers and processors in developing countries and emerging economies lack access to clean energy technologies for irrigation, drying, cooling, storage and other processes. “How can these needs be met sustainably?” In 8 units, the MOOC aims to contribute finding answers to this very question.
The first week is arranged as an introduction – intended to provide a preface to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus while familiarizing everyone with the course platform and the MOOC community. The course is then divided into three incremental parts: technical chapters (week 2-4), economic chapters (week 5-7) and the summary. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the course material for this week, your tasks and – last but not least – get to know one another.
Check out the ‘Intro-Videos’:
The “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” Partners introduce you to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and explain their intention for developing this MOOC together with TH Köln.
Immerse into the Energy-Agriculture Nexus – the status quo, current challenges and possible solutions – with this week’s mandatory reading: ‘Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus’.
Don’t forget to put your knowledge to the test while earning the first ‘Week Badge’ with this week’s Quiz!