Geographies of Food Security
Review the status of the global food situation. Study supply chains and aid. Catalogue the challenges complicating food production efforts in the face of population growth. Weigh this against the environmental concerns threatening water availability.
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- 29 May 2023
- 27 Nov 2023
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- examine the geographical principles of sustainable environments
- identify and evaluate key issues relating to the global food situation and the challenges to increase food production
- evaluate adaptation strategies to address the challenges of food security
- develop skills in the interpretation, presentation and analysis of data.
- Geographies of food security: key concepts and this unit
- Introduction to Food Security: Concepts and Measurement
- Scale and food security
- Population growth, settlement patterns and urbanization
- Geographies of food consumption
- Environmental challenges: climate change, water availability and adaptation
- Global Food Networks, Supply Chains and Vertical Integration
- Food insecurity, conflict and aid
- Livelihoods and food security: a framework for understanding poverty and intervention
- Sustainable livelihoods case study: small holder settlers in Papua New Guinea
- Urban Agriculture and Farmers Markets
- Indigenous food security: from land conflict to health promotions
Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.
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This subject will provide an insight into the global food situation and the challenge to increase food production given the contexts of population growth and increased competition over access to resources. A range of topics will be examined through case studies from Australia, its region and worldwide. The subject recognises and appreciates diverse Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, cultures and histories of food and food security. A strong fieldwork component provides opportunities for problem-based learning in professions that require a developing understanding of food security, such as education, government agencies, NGOs and tourism.
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