Global Food Security
Module code: 005GS
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay
Achieving food security for 10 billion people while reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture is a major challenge of the next century.
In this module, we will discuss papers on the multiple dimensions of this challenge, including the biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political, and institutional.
We will take a global perspective on the issues, drawing upon both global-scale research as well as case studies from different regions of the world to understand the geography of agricultural production, its environmental footprint, and of malnutrition.
Key topics include:
- global change and sustainable agriculture
- what is food security?
- globalisation: the economics, finance and trade of food
- impact of climate change: mitigation and adaptation potential of agriculture
- farm management: soil-water-fertilizers
- emerging issues in food security: biofuels, GMOs, labels, diets, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, permaculture.
Module learning outcomes
- Evaluate the main dimensions, metrics and indicators of food security.
- Understand and evaluate the different dimensions to food security using the current literature in global sustainable food security
- Recognise the significance, assumptions, and limitations of arguments related to these dimensions of global food security and their applicability over time and across space
- Define and differentiate types of sustainable agriculture systems (e.g. conservation agriculture, organic, permaculture, climate smart agriculture, etc.) their origins, and advantages and disadvantages
- Formulate academic arguments and present them in written and oral form