Food Security & Globalised Agriculture
In order to deal with issues of food security, it is important to understand the globalised nature of food systems and how this context challenges attempts to address hunger and food security. This course is particularly relevant in terms of the recent international and especially South African national initiatives around food security, which have seen high-level meetings of government departments, food processors, retailers, consumer groups, NGOs and farmers engaging around how to achieve food security in South Africa.
Participants will be introduced to varying notions of food security and a deep discussion of globalised food systems is a key focus: how international food trade works; challenges of globalised food systems; issues around climate change, food miles, peak oil, land for biofuels vs land for food and the environmental sustainability of this food system.
Central themes will include:
- Overview of globalised food systems
- Food and nutrition security – global status, policy responses and debates
- Food systems thinking
- Food security and agricultural policy in South Africa (with references to other country cases too)
Postgraduate students, professionals and practitioners working in government, corporate or civil society sectors who wish to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the forces at work in the globalised food system and the causes of hunger and obesity. This course offers the opportunity to truly get to grips with this complex phenomenon, as it is only through a thorough examination of the problems that one can begin to assess and create possible solutions.