Food Security and Gender

Duration: 3 weeks
Location: Velp
Start: 6 December 2021
End:  24 December 2021

Tuition Fee: € 3,193
Language: English 
Application Deadline: 29 October 2021
Application deadline with an OKP Scholarship: 21 May 2021  

Rural residents of developing countries gain their livelihoods through a wide array of activities such as farming. The livelihood generated from these activities does not only depend on these people's capabilities but also on the availability and access to resources they need. For people with low incomes who live in rural areas, daily food security is an important objective to secure better living circumstances.

Rural livelihoods are dynamic. Men and women adapt their livelihood strategies according to fluctuations in social, political, economic and environmental situations. Adaptations are also made with regard to the availability of resources such as land and income.

For rural development professionals and organisations, it is of the utmost importance to understand the livelihoods, capabilities and coping strategies of populations in need of assistance. As men and women have specific roles and responsibilities with regards to strengthening their livelihoods and food security, it is necessary to identify gender-specific needs, constraints and opportunities.

In this training, participants will learn to analyse livelihood strategies and the factors that influence them. They will be provided with tools to get a better understanding of male and female farmers' decision-making processes. These processes concern crop production, livestock and income-generating activities but also the handling of vulnerabilities and migration, among other issues. In a community, rural livelihoods vary due to factors such as social class, caste and ethnicity but also gender roles, which influence the opportunities for strengthening a rural livelihood. 

Topics such as labour division and decision-making with regard to resources and other household dynamics are covered in this training. Visits to rural enterprises throughout the Netherlands are organised in order to gain practical knowledge in this domain.

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Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree in life sciences or related fields is mandatory; together with two years of relevant work experience in middle or higher management positions.

In case you have less than two years of experience, your request for enrolment will be discussed by the Student Service Centre.


All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 80 or above (online test);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.  

Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, we will also accept the results of the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition.

No test results?
What happens if you are not able to provide the above official language test results? Your application is still welcome if your previous education was taught in English and you can prove this with a medium of instruction statement from the previous university. You then need to do an alternative online language test. After you hand in your medium of instruction statement, you will receive further instructions from us.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Canada (English-speaking provinces). As a native English speaker from the above mentioned areas, you may be exempt from providing additional proof of English proficiency.
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma
  • Applicants with a Dutch HAVO diploma with a final grade of 6 or higher for English
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate with a final examination in English A Language and Literature.
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained one of the following diplomas, including a final examination in English. 

Computer skills

Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel, and Internet use) are highly recommended.