Course code EDS285

EDS285 Globale matsystemer og matsikkerhet

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Emneansvarlige: Ruth Haug
Medvirkende: Greta Juskaite
Studiepoeng: 10
Ansvarlig fakultet: Fakultet for landskap og samfunn
Frekvens: Annually
Undervises på språk: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Begrensning antall plasser:
Undervises i periode:
This course is offered in the autumn parallel. 
Første gang: Studieår 2014-2015
Fortrinnsrett: M-IES, M-GDS, M-IR, B-IES
Undervises hvor?: Campus Ås
Emnets innhold:

This course aims to provide an integrated analysis of drivers and constraints that influence the global food system, as well as a holistic understanding of how policies, institutions and bottom-up approaches can contribute to more sustainable food systems. A food system is defined as a system that gathers all the elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructures, institutions, etc.) and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food, and the outputs of these activities, including socio-economic and environmental outcomes (HLPE 2017:11). Food security is an important part of the global food system. Nearly a billion people around the world do not get enough food, 2 billion people experience micronutrient malnutrition and more than 2 billion people are overweight or obese. Food insecurity is basically a poverty problem and conflicts often add to the problem. 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:

The global food situation; food systems, food policy, institutions and governancend; food and nutrition security; food movements such as food sovereignty, food justice; the sustainable development goals in particular SDG2; cross-disciplinary approaches to understand food insecurity causes and solutions; the food industry, new food trends, food loss and waste; climate change, agrobiodiversity and Food security; gender and food security; conflict, hunger, food relief and emergencies; food security project design using a result based management framework; food security indicators, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.

By the end of this course, participants should be familiar with theory and the core concepts within the global food systems and food security to a level at which participants can engage with fellow practitioners, researchers, advisors and policymakers interested in food systems, food security and global development by having:
  • An understanding of what food systems and food security are including definition of concepts, theoretical evolution and knowledge of different strategies to address the problems of lack of sustainability in the global food systems and of food insecurity at global, national and local levels
  • The ability to analyze food systems and food insecurity in a cross-disciplinary way including technological, environmental, nutritional, economic, societal, political and demographic 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 systems and food security topics in oral and written forms both independently and in teams.
Lectures, groupwork and term paper.
See Canvas
See Canvas.
Anbefalte forkunnskaper:
Interest in social sciences and global development studies.
Obligatorisk aktivitet:

All groupwork is mandatory.

Groupwork presentation (passed/failed)

Term paper (100% of grade)
Approve term paper topics
Kurset går på engelsk
Normert arbeidsmengde:
250 hours
Lectures and groupwork
Eksamensdetaljer: Oppgave: Bokstavkarakterer