Global Food Security
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Eefke Mollee
This module takes a global perspective on food systems and food security, and aims to equip students with the ability to fully understand global food systems and their role in providing food security, and to be able to critically assess existing and future pressures and solutions. A range of diverse factors are coming together to affect the global food system, and after describing the various food systems globally, different definitions of food security, and how these are evolving, will look at these drivers, in particular population growth and changing dynamics, resource competition, and climate change (although climate change will be covered in more detail in DDL4208). After an assessment of future trends, we will look at how existing and future technologies might be used to sustainably increase production, and at how the governance of food systems and waste reduction could play a part. We address how failings have led to famine, and how this could be prevented. The module concludes with a look at the global indicators used for food security assessment.
• Introduction to food security and food systems: Definitions and evolution of the concept of food security; conventional and alternative food systems and their interconnections
• Cropping systems : Intensive, subsistence and alternative systems
• Drivers affecting the food system: Population and increased demand; Governance; Energy and other costs; Competition for resources
• Impact of future climate change; Impacts of rising prices • Sustainably balancing future supply and demand; improving productivity using existing knowledge and emerging technologies; sustainable intensification • Reducing waste; improving governance; reducing / managing demand • Linking food systems with environmental policy; improving biodiversity and ecosystem services while increasing food production
Be able to demonstrate, with few factual errors, knowledge of a range of global food systems and how they have developed. Show an understanding of the external factors affecting food supply and how they can be manipulated.
In addition to the above, demonstrate an ability think critically about the interactions between various components of the global food system, and be able to suggest strategies for adapting food systems to changed circumstances in order to sustainably increase food security. Show evidence of additional background reading around the topic.
In addition to the above, be able to present well-reasoned arguments for and against the implementation of specific management practices to sustainably increase food security and improve food systems, including trade-offs between them, and demonstrating evidence of wide reading around the subject and an ability to analyse and synthesise arguments and information.
- Critically evaluate the scope for differing food production systems to meet future demand.
- Describe food production systems and how they have evolved
- Identify the components of food security and the mechanisms that support equitable and sustainable access to food
- Develop a critical understanding of the drivers of change affecting global food systems
- Describe the failures in global food systems that lead to famine and habitat loss, and be able to suggest coping strategies adopted to cope with it
|GWAITH CWRS||Discussion Forum||
Active weekly participation on the Discussion forum, posting at least once every week displaying critical command of the subject (15% of module assessment marks). At the end of the module, you will submit three of your best posts for marking (5% for each post - total 15%).
An individual infographic on an agreed topic within the theme Food security in a changing world.
Agroforestry for food security – a case study. An individual essay on an agreed topic covering trends in agroforestry practice and how these practices may contribute to food security. You should write in an academic style and use examples and references from your wider reading to support your ideas and arguments.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Distance learning online
Online lectures and focus group discussions
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students require a good broadband connection to access the recorded material
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ddl-4207.html
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Gorfodol mewn cyrsiau:
- D4BA: MSc Agroforestry and Food Security year 1 (MSC/AGFS)
- D4BB: MSc Agroforest & Food Security (Dist Learn) year 1 (MSC/AGFSDL)
- DDAB: MSc Agroforestry year 1 (MSC/AGRO)