Food security is defined as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. This unit introduces students to the complexity of global food systems and the challenges of ensuring food security for all in a world of climate change, globalization, shifting demographics and new technologies. The different nature of food insecurity in high, middle and low income countries will be explored focusing on the relationships between food security, health, nutrition and social stability. This unit will investigate global priorities to transform to sustainable food systems that delivers food security for all today without compromising the food security of future generations. Using systems thinking approaches students will apply these global priorities and the sustainable development goals along with local and Indigenous knowledge and insight to develop placed-based innovative solutions for sustainable local food systems and sustainable diets. The role of women in household food security is integral to this unit.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):