- Atlanta, United States; Rome, Italy; Lilongwe, Malawi; Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester
- 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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Based on 1 Reviews
- Experience of a Lifetime01/13/20
Wow, I wish I could to this program a million times. This program is wonderful for anyone interested in food, no matter if you're in STEM or Liberal Arts or Business. Every day was completely different and exciting; from working on a farm, visiting an
agricultural commune and speaking with a director at the FAO all in the same week. We were taught by such passionate farmers, scientists, anthropologists, community activists, etc. Living with homestay families in each country really allowed us to gain a deeper cultural understanding while forming relationships with awesome people! (What would you improve about this program?) You won't have much alone time or weekends off, which can get frustrating. Some days you will be up at 8am and not home until 8pm, but it is so so worth it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend