Session I: Unpacking Food Security

Fall 2014:

Monday, September 22, 2014 to Friday, October 3, 2014

Did 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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Course materials

Learning Objectives

Understand the root causes and reality of global food insecurity.

Learn about successful strategies for increasing production and access to nourishing food.

Better understand our role as American citizens and consumers in ensuring food security, especially for the world’s most vulnerable.

Primary Resources

The Root Causes of Food Insecurity

Case Studies

Food Security – A right or a privilege?

Secondary Resources
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