Challenges in Food and Nutrition Security

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Challenges in Food and Nutrition Security

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Sustainable Development

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After successfully completing this course, students will:

    • have a broad understanding of the concept of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS);
    • be able to identify, calculate and interpret basic indicators for FNS and judge their relevance;
    • be familiar with and understand the challenges to achieve FNS;
    • be familiar with and understand the challenges posed by FNS failure for societies and individuals;
    • be familiar with and understand the rationale for possible interventions to improve FNS.

    Food and nutrition security is a critical input for the functioning and wellbeing in any society. At the same time, food and nutrition security remains far from guaranteed with more than 700 million people being undernourished and another billion people suffering from a lack of vitamins and minerals. In this course you will first develop a broad and deep understanding of the concept of FNS, both historically and contemporaneously. Next, the course will analyze challenges to ensure food and nutrition security for all now and in the future as well as challenges posed for societies and individuals by food and nutrition insecurity.

    Lectures and workgroups

    Exam (60%), assignments (30%), presentation (10%)

    There is no formal entrance requirement for the minor Global Food Security Studies, and hence also not for this course. We specifically aim for a diverse group as we strongly believe that interdisciplinary research is best taught through active interaction between students from different disciplinary backgrounds. However, we expect that this course is especially of interest to students of economics, social sciences and health sciences. The minor is a university minor which implies that VU students do not need to ask for permission from the Examination Board to acquire the credits for courses for their own BSc degree.

    The minor Global Food Security Studies and hence also this course is open for students from all majors who want to acquire familiarity with the core principles of global food security and interdisciplinary methods. We are particularly interested in students who wish to contribute to food security through rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge production. The international staff that teaches in this minor program conducts research in a variety of regions around the globe. This holds great appeal to students who are keen to understand the diversity and similarity in problems and solutions related to food (in)security.

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