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AB502 Global Food Security

DESCRIPTION

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, there is a great need for the world to secure food supplies. Food security is being impacted not only by population growth, but also by climate change, uneven food distribution, nutritional security, political economy, volatile markets, and degraded ecosystems. New innovations and ways of thinking are required to address these challenges. Finding better supply chain solutions is an essential part of achieving a secure and sustainable diet for a rapidly increasing population. The unit provides and advanced understanding of issues of global food security. Students will examine a range of approaches to promoting global food security, including novel and existing agricultural and husbandry techniques for safe and sustainable food production.


RELEVANT COURSES

Master of Agricultural Information Management

Master of Business Administration (Agribusiness)


Elective unit


CREDIT POINTS

10


DELIVERY MODE

On campus

Intensive

Extensive


PREREQUISITE OR CO-REQUISITE

AP501 Food Fibre and Protein Production


UNIT LEARNING OUTCOMES

LO1 Apply theoretical knowledge to discuss the political, economic, social, and environmental influences on global food security in a global context

LO2 Critically assess theoretical and conceptual issues relating to emerging risks both to food and agricultural systems

LO3 Critically analyse the emerging technologies used to combat global food insecurity

LO4 Articulate the challenges of global food production and food insecurity in a specific community or population group and propose appropriate interventions

LO5 Investigate and describe the impact that agriculture and food production have on the society and environment


CONTENT

  • Understanding global food security: Key drivers

  • Food production machinery (leaves, photosynthesis, seeds, mineral nutrition of plants)

  • Agriculture and the development of crop production and sustainability of food production systems

  • Sustainable nutrition

  • Food industry and global food security (food supply chain, achieving food and nutrition security by reducing postharvest food losses)

  • Sustainable animal production

  • Microbes and the global food security

  • Food security challenges and prospects; political economy of agricultural and food   policies

  • Field visit (staff to brief the students on the research happening in the context of global food security)

  • Feeding the world in 2050 (future foods) biofuels, pandemics, genetically modified foods (green revolution)

  • Food production and environmental impact

  • GMOs and agrobiodiversity


ASSESSMENT METHODS

1. Quizzes - 20%

2. Team Wiki - 30%

3. Written Report and Poster - 50%


PRESCRIBED READINGS

Nil


Check with the lecturer each semester before purchasing any textbooks.

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