Challenges of Food and Nutrition Security
In this course you will first develop a broad and deep understanding of the concept of FNS, both historically and contemporaneously. Next, the course will analyze challenges to ensure food and nutrition security for all now and in the future as well as challenges posed for societies and individuals by food and nutrition insecurity.
Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security
Between food production and agricultural production systems on the one hand, and between agricultural production systems and environmental resources on the other hand. Basic principles of crop and livestock production will be introduced, and you will learn how they are employed across different production systems and how they affect the interaction between production systems and the environment.
Food and Quality of Life
This course introduces basic health and nutrition science principles to zoom in on the effect of food on individual wellbeing: a balanced diet can contribute to prevent diseases and improve cure rates, improve productivity and nutrition is an important aspect of social relations and wellbeing.
Economics and Politics for Food and Nutrition Security
In this course you will acquire basic economic principles for analyzing how food systems and policies impact FNS.
Applications in Food and Nutrition Security Analysis
In this course groups you will work on a project to develop a evidence informed policy/intervention advise to address a specific problem in food and nutrition security.
For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.
The minor Global Food Security Studies is open for students from all majors who want to acquire familiarity with the core principles of global food security and interdisciplinary methods. We are particularly interested in students who wish to contribute to food security through rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge production. The international staff that teaches in this minor programme conducts research in a variety of regions around the globe. This holds great appeal to students who are keen to understand the diversity and similarity in problems and solutions related to food (in)security.
There is no formal entrance requirement for the minor Global Food Security Studies. We specifically aim for a diverse group as we strongly believe that interdisciplinary research is best taught through active interaction between students from different disciplinary backgrounds. However, we expect that this minor is especially of interest to students of economics, social sciences and health sciences. The minor is a university minor which implies that VU students do not need to ask for permission from the Examination Board to acquire the credits (30 EC) for their own BSc degree.
Please see the application procedure for more information.
1 semester (30 EC)
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