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Spring 2023 Public Affairs U6411 section 001
Universal Food Security

Call Number 10286
Day & Time
T 9:00am-10:50am
411 International Affairs Building
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Glenn Denning
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description This course addresses the challenges and opportunities for achieving a productive, profitable, inclusive, healthy, sustainable, resilient, and ethical global food system. Our first class will provide a brief historical perspective of the global food system, highlighting relevant developments over the past 10,000 years and will explain key concepts, critical challenges, and opportunities ahead. For the ensuing few weeks, we will cover the core biophysical requirements for food production: soil and land, water and climate, and genetic resources. We include an introduction to human nutrition – Nutrition Week – that focuses on dietary change and food-based solutions to malnutrition. Building on this, the course will survey a selection of important food systems and trends across Asia, Africa, and Latin America that provide food security and livelihoods for more than half of the world’s population. Case studies and classroom debates throughout the course will explore the roles of science, technology, policies, politics, institutions, business, finance, aid, trade, and human behavior in advancing sustainable agriculture, and achieving food and nutritional security. We will probe the interactions of food systems with global issues including poverty and inequality, the persistence of chronic hunger and malnutrition, climate change, environmental degradation, international food business and value chains, biotechnology (GMOs), post-harvest losses, and food waste. With a sharp eye for credible evidence, we will confront controversies, reflect on historical trends, identify common myths, and surface little-known but important truths about agriculture and food systems. In our final sessions, we address the ultimate question: can we feed and nourish the world without wrecking it for future generations?
Web Site Vergil
Department International and Public Affairs
Enrollment 55 students (60 max) as of 11:08AM Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Subject Public Affairs
Number U6411
Section 001
Division School of International and Public Affairs
Open To SIPA
Campus Morningside
Note Open to MPA-DP Students Only
Section key 20231PUAF6411U001

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