Global Solidarity Network

The CRS Global Solidarity Network (GSN) study e-broad program is an online learning community and curricular resource that offers students and faculty in the United States a deeper understanding of the challenges the world’s most vulnerable face, as well as their strength and resilience. It provides insight into the multi-faceted nature of humanitarian relief and development work as well as the principles that inform Catholic Relief Services and its partners.

 Fall 2014 Sessions: Food Security

What would it take to end world hunger? In the spirit of the 2014 Caritas Internationalis One Human Family, Food for All campaign, the Fall 2014 GSN will reflect on this question by drawing on CRS’ deep experience in agriculture, livelihoods, and food assistance, along with the agency’s rich history of advocating for the world’s most vulnerable.  

Session I: Unpacking Food Security—September 22-October 3, 2014

GSN Food Security 1.2Did you know that about one in eight people in the world goes to sleep hungry each night? (Source: FAO, 2013) This session will unpack the root causes of hunger in the world’s most vulnerable settings. It will show that the solution to hunger lies not in simply providing more food but in making sure the conditions for producing and accessing nourishing food are just. Readings and case studies will examine the historical, humanitarian, economic, political, and moral dimensions of efforts to promote food security and will bring to light some of CRS’ most innovative strategies. Finally, students will be asked to reflect on local and global food insecurity and to imagine applying methodologies from this session to the communities in which they live and serve.

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Session II: Climate Change and Food Security in the World’s Most Vulnerable Regions—November 3-14, 2014

GSN Food Security 2.1It is projected that, by 2050, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion and agricultural production will need to increase by 70% to sustain the world’s food needs. (Source: FAO, 2009) In the world’s most vulnerable regions, this rising demand for food production will take place in an environment with more severe weather events, more lost production due to climate change, and increased stress on limited natural resources. This session will examine the relationship between food security and global climate change and will introduce students to the techniques and policy activities CRS is undertaking to become more climate-smart. One example is the groundbreaking Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, of which CRS is a founding partner, which aims to contribute to the African Union’s goal of helping 25 million farmers become food secure by 2025. Finally, the session will ask participants to reflect on our role in mitigating the impacts of global climate change on food security.

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