Innovation for Sustainability and Societal relevance: Partnerships in evidence-based higher education on food systems and climate change

Poster European Corner

Nom i cognoms / Name and surname

Carme Güell

Afiliació / Affiliation

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Programa de finançament europeu en que s’enmarca aquest projecte? / European funding programme in which this project is being carried out?

EU support (FP7, H2020, etc.) other than MSCA

Títol del projecte / Project title

Innovation for Sustainability and Societal relevance: Partnerships in evidence-based higher education on food systems and climate change

Número del projecte / Project number


Breu explicació del projecte / Brief explanation of your project

Africa’s food systems are in crisis. They grow rapidly, mostly in an unsustainable way. They experience negative effects from climate change and can even exacerbate these effects through their contribution to GHG emission. There is an urgent need to strengthen the sustainability of Africa’s food systems and adapt them to climate change. This is even more critical under the current pandemic. Higher education contributes to this need by delivering graduates with competencies to address real-life problems. Transdisciplinary and experiential learning in curricula is indispensable in this regard. INSSPIRE stimulates evidence-based inclusive education for sustainable development through following specific objectives:

1. Building intra-university capacity
2. Strengthening university-community collaboration
3. Enhancing inter-university partnerships
Above objectives will be achieved by:
• Developing modules on food systems and climate change (FSCC) for existing curricula: in 4 universities in Kenya/ Uganda with scientific evidence from 4 case studies on FSCC
• Developing staff capacity (100 lecturers of 4 African universities) for delivery of FSCC modules equipping students with competences related to FSCC (aside from online training, 2 seminars, 4 trainings and 4 workshops in Africa, all except one with stakeholders)
• Using video games to increase students’ soft skills and prepare them for leadership roles in FSCC
• Involving societal actors in co-creation of long-term solutions through 4 real-life learning labs for FSCC modules • Setting up collaborative online international learning at 4 African universities (24 lecturers) for peer learning and transfer of experience and good practices on FSCC.

INSSPIRE aims to prepare students of HEIs for labour market success, by equipping them with the knowledge and skills, to take on different leadership roles in the transformation of food systems and adjustment to climate change thus contributing to sustainable growth

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Repte en que s’emmarca aquest projecte / Challenge within the framework of this project

1. Adaptation to Climate Change: support at least 150 European regions and communities to become climate resilient by 2030



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Aquest projecte està cofinançat pel programa de recerca i innovació Horizon Europe de la Unió Europea sota el projecte NitRecerCat (101061189).

This project is co-funded by the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, under the project NitRecercat (101061189).