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There is the need to ensure sustainable and resilient food systems and livelihood security in the context of a changing climate, globalisation, growing world population, and increased pressure on natural resources such as land and water. For this reason hunger, nutrition and climate justice are multifaceted challenges at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This module will look at the root causes of food and nutrition insecurity, how agriculture is both a major contributor to climate change while at the same time being especially vulnerable to its worst impacts, as well as explore various contemporary debates around global food provision in a climate constrained world.
New thinking on agriculture and farming is increasingly shifting towards promoting more diversified, agro-ecological, approaches.
Others advocate for greater use of new technologies, value chain approaches, and ‘climate smart’ solutions. What do these competing visions mean for the future of global food systems more generally?
And what are the development consequences for small farmers and the rural poor? This module takes a political economy approach to food systems - it moves away from just focusing on production and instead places actors, and the power relationships between them - along the entire food chain - at the heart of its analysis.