Course overview

This course takes a global perspective on food systems and food security, and aims to equip participants with the ability to fully understand global food systems and their role in providing food security, and to be able to critically assess existing and future pressures and solutions.

A range of diverse factors are coming together to affect the global food system, and after describing the various food systems globally, different definitions of food security, and how these are evolving, the module will look at these drivers.

This course is a compulsory module in the MSc Agroforestry and Food Security and an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production.

It is delivered by Bangor University entirely online through distance learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the scope for differing food production systems to meet future demand.
  • Describe food production systems and how they have evolved
  • Identify the components of food security and the mechanisms that support equitable and sustainable access to food
  • Develop a critical understanding of the drivers of change affecting global food systems
  • Describe the failures in global food systems that lead to famine and habitat loss, and be able to suggest coping strategies adopted to cope with it.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Introduction to food security and food systems
  • Basics: photosynthesis and crop productivity; soil, water and nutrients; introduction to cropping systems.
  • Drivers affecting the food system
  • Sustainably balancing supply and demand
  • Addressing volatility
  • Ending hunger
  • Diets and nutrition
  • Famine

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    12 weeks
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    CQFW Level
    Course Provider
    Bangor University
    Provider Reference Number
    Course Arrangements
    Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
    Course Location
    Bangor University, Online
    AFTP Cohort
    Course Logistics
    Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our Participants work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 hours per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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