Program Details

Study the dynamics of local food systems in a global context with a semester study abroad experience in four different countries. Explore issues of agricultural production, food accessibility, participation in global markets and more.
Atlanta, United States; Rome, Italy; Lilongwe, Malawi; Quito, Ecuador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Study how the dynamics of food production, distribution, and provisioning are affected by population growth, rapid urbanization, and globalization, and which responses offer the most promise for sustainable food futures at local, national, and global levels.

Key Questions: How will we feed and nourish nine billion people by 2050 and do so while sustaining the agricultural livelihoods of nearly one billion people? How will we conserve our natural environments and the green infrastructure we rely on and empower local communities to determine their own food sustainability futures? How will we confront questions about biodiversity and genetically modified crops, land rights and corruption, environmental degradation and conflict, and natural disasters and resilience? How do global factors like industrialization, changing agricultural conditions, technological innovation, and rapid urbanization factor into food security challenges and opportunities? How have thought leaders, including Alice Waters and Vandana Shiva, and social movements such as the slow food and local farming movements, had an impact on food policy and futures in the global north and south?

Setting Description:
Examine pressing questions around global food security in four contrasting countries. Consider how to meet food availability demands when approximately 870 million people per year—more than 12 percent of the global population—suffer from chronic undernourishment. By 2050, it is estimated that the world needs to double net food availability to feed a projected population of nine billion people. During this comparative program you will analyze local, national, and global food systems—and the very direct impact of food on our daily lives—to develop a deeper understanding into one of the most significant challenges of our time. By examining the implications of technological advances, changing geo-political landscapes, and climate change on food security equations, you will identify strategies to ensure healthy and prosperous livelihoods in a rapidly changing world.
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