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HR933 - Challenges of Global Food Security

  • Module code: HR933
  • Module name: Challenges of Global Food Security
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

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. 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.

Principal learning outcomes

• 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.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per module 16 hours; Seminars per module 3 hours; Workshop s 6 hours.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR933-10)
A (Assessed work only) Data Handling & Data Summary Assignment (1000 words) 40%
  Group Seminar Presentation & 1000 word Summary of Individual Contribution 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate (D4A1) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 2