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Challenges to Global Food Security


Global food security, providing access for the world’s population to affordable, safe and nutritious food, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Module aims

This module will provide an understanding of the elements that contribute to the food security agenda. An essential element of the module will be a critical review of current physical, political and biotic drivers. We will explore the strategies being deployed that influence food security including projected population changes, climate change, ecosystem servicers and resilience, disease and fossil fuel dependence. The module will present a global perspective.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • Introduction to food systems and food security
  • Water security
  • Waste
  • Fossil fuel dependency
  • Food insecurity and links with environmental change
  • Household food insecurity in high income countries
  • Food insecurity as a complex problem
  • Complexity Science and food insecurity
  • Food insecurity – the role of the multidisciplinary team
  • Food ethics
  • Wild food
  • Human populations
  • Cities and food security
  • Data handling exercise
  • Group presentations on food security around the globe
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the scale and importance of the global challenge of food security
  • Evaluate critically the drivers of change in the context of food security
  • Understand the approaches being taken to analyse and address issues associated with global food security
  • Analyse the conflicting requirements of environmental protection and food production
  • Communicate contemporary issues relating to international responses to food supply.


Week 15 & Week 16

Commencing 09/01/23 &

Commencing 16/01/23


BSR3 (Biomedical Research)

Professor Rosemary Collier