The RUAF Foundation in cooperation with Ryerson University (Canada) developed 4 distance learning courses (each containing 14 learning modules) on urban agriculture and urban food security.
- Understanding Urban Agriculture. Includes modules on the definition of the urban agriculture; its history and actual trends; the stakeholders in urban agriculture; its benefits and risks; its constraints and opportunities.
- Dimensions of Urban Agriculture. Includes modules on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of urban agriculture; its role in health and nutrition; gender issues.
- Types of Urban Agriculture. Includes modules on microfarming in and around the homes; community- and school-gardening; small scale commercial horticulture; livestock keeping and aquaculture; larger scale entreprises; multifunctional farms; urban forestry.
- Urban Agriculture Policymaking. Includes modules on the integration of urban agriculture in policy making; establishment and functioning of a multi-stakeholder forum on urban agriculture and food; situation analysis of actual urban agriculture; joint development of a Strategic Action Agenda and other modules.
Tutored courses are part of the elective offerings of The Chang School’s Certificate in Food Security, Participants who successfully pass the exams receive a professional development award. Persons interested to follow the tutored courses have to contact Ryerson University and pay a fee.