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Master in Management of Development - Rural Development and Food Security

Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein

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In this programme, global and local food security issues are discussed, preparing you for a variety of problems you might have to solve at your future work place.

The world is currently producing twice as much food as it needs, but through a simple lack of proper food distribution channels, 30% of it is being wasted. The rest never makes its way to those who need it most. In addition, an increasing number of large-scale farms produce for the world market, while small-scale farms produce for local markets only. Food sold at these local markets is often the only food accessible to rural populations. As globalisation proceeds and these parallel farming systems need to keep coexisting, the question remains how to keep up the balance between them. For instance, how can agricultural service delivery organisations help subsistence-based farmers safeguard their ability to ensure local food security? With all the external factors including the economy, the environment and current social structures, all organisations need to continuously adjust their structures, policies and programmes to follow suit. In this programme, which has been devised especially for development organisations wishing to improve food security in developing countries, we equip you with the essential skills and competences with which you will be able to make a difference.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 13500 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 13500 / jaar

1st year

This one-year Master programme consists of nine-months taught courses and a three-month research project culminating in a thesis. Course subjects are: Introduction (4 EC); Management of Development (8 EC); Professional Environment (13 EC); Management and Planning (4 EC); Specialisation Modules (19 EC); Research and Thesis (22 EC)


Applicants with a different background may also apply: eligibility will be determined by VHL admissions office.


This one-year Master programme consists of nine-months taught courses and a three-month research project culminating in a thesis. Course subjects are: Introduction (2 EC), Management of Development Professionalism (9 EC), Professional Environment (12 EC), Capita Selecta (3 EC), Research Design and Implementation (6 EC), Thesis (18 EC), Specialisation Modules (20 EC)

instruction modes

Competence-based learning through case studies, projects, role-play, simulations, practical assignments, and lectures.


VHL arranges all visa procedures and guarantees housing for students admitted to this programme.

job perspective

As globalisation proceeds, organisations involved in food-security programmes are having to respond to its effects; increasing numbers of donor agencies now require food security to be integrated within
their programmes and projects. There is therefore a considerable demand for professionals who can define and implement this response. Many NGOs
and public service organisations are currently reassessing their activities, and see one-year staff training programmes as a worthwhile investment.


Rural Development and Food Security specialists explore effective responses to mal- and undernourishment, by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small scale producers in rural communities. In selecting appropriate context-specific interventions, which reflect understanding of the local context in its wider context, they consider stakeholder relationships and how collaboration could be organised to each stakeholder's benefit while helping farmers to safeguard their ability to ensure local food security. In the face of globalisation, slow economic growth and political instability, specialists may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures or policies.

sustainable strengthening

Graduates work as mid-level managers in organizations for the development of the country and specifically the rural sector.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Privé
Afronding Diploma
Credits 70