Global Food Security
Run by School of Natural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Robert Brook
Overall aims and purpose
Provision of food is already one of the greatest global challenges and is going to intensify as population approaches the projected 9 billion by the middle of this century. Intended for non-specialists, the module will describe the existing situation and likely future prospects, how we have met food demand in the past and might in the future, how global food systems are managed, and ways in which we are trying to reduce the environmental impact of food production and overcome constraints to food security.
Introduction, demographics - what are the pressing issues? Food security – key concepts Intensification - the Green Revolution and modern technologies Organic, agroforestry and other low input agricultural systems The global food highway - food distribution Modern society - food waste, urbanisation Effects of poverty and wealth on food security Future prospects
Grade D- to D+ Demonstrate knowledge of global food production systems and how they have evolved to the present. Describe the factors that determine food supply and way in which they can be managed. Describe the scope for various food production systems to meet future demand
Grade C- to B+ In addition to the above: Demonstrate understanding of the complexities of global food productions systems and the compromises that are necessary to ensure continued security of production, and of the effects of policy factors. Show evidence of some additional background reading, either by presenting new information or discussing topics in greater detail than in lectures.
Grade A- and above Achieve a mark of 70% overall for the module. In addition to the above, be able to present a well reasoned arguments for and against particular philosophies and approaches to food production and security. Present clear evidence of wide reading around the subject and an ability to analyse and synthesise arguments and information, and present this knowledge cogently under examination conditions.
Describe global food production systems and how they have evolved to the present day
Understand the factors that determine food supply and how they can be manipulated
Evaluate the scope for differing food production systems to meet future demand.
Assess the prospects of various technological options for overcoming constraints to food security.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Private and guided self-study
10*2 hour lectures
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3006.html
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- F850: Master of Environmental Science year 3 (M/ENVSCI)
- F851: MEnvSci Environmental Science with International Experience year 4 (MENVSC/ESIE)