Course overview

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the livelihoods and food security issues deriving from farmed livestock across a global range of production systems. Focusing on the main classes of farmed livestock (dairy, beef, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry), you will explore the opportunities and challenges of keeping livestock as a means of acquiring and maintaining food security at a household, national, and global level.

This broad-ranging course will also see you investigate the impact of a range of other topics impacting on individual livelihoods and food security, including innovations in the value chains of specific livestock systems, the impact of climate change, and the role of cultural preferences and ethical concerns.

This course would be of direct importance to professionals working with livestock in any capacity, but also from those looking to understand the wider impact of livestock on an individual, local, regional, and international level.

Contact Name for Enquiries: Cathy Crips and Craig Farrell

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Telephone Number: 0118 378 8722 or 0118 378 7746

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the key opportunities and challenges in terms of supporting livelihoods associated with keeping livestock
  • Critically appraise the contribution livestock make in a range of different settings to the development of food security
  • Use appropriate tools to identify reliable information and literature on a given topic
  • Communicate research findings clearly
  • Demonstrate good academic practice in the use, citation and referencing of source material
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Introducing the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework
  • Key issues in the role of livestock in building livelihoods
  • Differentiating between food security and food sovereignty
  • Food security at household, national, regional, and global levels
  • Case studies of current topics in these fields of study


Key facts

Course Dates
8 Weeks online
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
Discounts available for multiple bookings
CQFW Level
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period. It is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements within four weeks of completing the online content.
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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