The first summer school within the framework of the DEVIL project is currently running in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Organized by the ETH Zurich World Food System Center, the program brings together 25 students and young professionals from 17 different countries to explore food systems in transition.
In the first week participants were introduced to the food system, learned about nutrition and health, food systems and policy in Southern Africa, formal and informal retail and distribution, and food processing. Excursions took them e.g. to the biggest retailer in South Africa and to a flour mill. Participants also got to experience the food system hands-on by harvesting vegetables from the field and preparing a meal for a citizenship lunch, or building an organic garden for a children's house.
During the second week of the program, the participants will be looking at farming and indigenous crops, land and governance, entrepreneurship in the food sector, climate change, biodiversity and land use, agriculture and animal production systems. DEVIL researchers Nina Buchmann, Bob Scholes and Luciana Soler will teach in the section about biodiversity and land use.