Course code EDS285

EDS285 Global Food Security

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Course responsible: Gry Synnevåg, Ruth Haug
Teachers: Paul Raymond Belesky
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
70 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Food insecurity is one of the defining issues of our time. Nearly a billion people around the world do not get enough food, 2 billion people experience micronutrient malnutrition and 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese. Food insecurity is basically a poverty problem and conflicts often add to the problem. Continued climate change and environmental degradation further threatens food -and nutrition security. The course will contribute to understand some of the complex issues and controversies that surround globalization of agriculture and the global food chain, and review and discuss factors that influence food-and nutrition security at the global, national, community and household level.

Core topics covered:

Definitions of core concepts; food -and nutrition security, food sovereignty. Status of food insecurity and malnourishment. Global food production and the global food crisis. Symptoms and causes, structural problems and contrasting solutions. Politics and governance to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. Interdisciplinary approaches to understand food security problems and solutions. The global agro-food system. Climate change, agrobiodiversity and food security. Gender and food security. Conflict and hunger, food aid and emergencies. Food security in protracted crisis. Food security project design using a result based management framework, food security indicators, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.

Learning outcome:

By the end of this course, participants should be familiar with the core concepts within global food security to a level at which participants can engage with fellow practitioners, researchers, advisors and policymakers interested in food security and development by having:

  • An understanding of what food security is all about including definition of concepts, theoretical evolution and knowledge of different strategies to address the problem of food insecurity
  • The ability to analyze food insecurity in an interdisciplinary way including agricultural, environmental, nutritional, economic, societal and political factors.
  • The capacity to assess critically theoretical and conceptual issues in relation to review of relevant case studies and diverse strategies.
  • The ability to present relevant food security topics in oral and written forms both independently and in teams.

The course will also be of interest to those looking at the more practical issues facing planning, implementation and monitoring food security programs and projects at different levels.

Learning activities:
Lectures and seminars.
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Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in 80 % of the seminars. Seminar group presentation.
Individual term paper of 3000-4000 words (40%), and a 3hr written exam (60%). 
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Exam papers are graded by internal and external examiner.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått