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Food Security and Sustainability: Food Access

CPT57302

About this course

What does it take to provide access to safe and nutritious food every day? In this course, you'll explore how key actors at the household, local, national and international levels negotiate and make choices on access to food. You will learn how an individual's food accessibility depends on social and economic dynamics at the household level. Next, you will unravel the interactions between traders, retailers, producers and buyers in markets shaping food access at the local level. At national level, you will see how politics and policies influence access to food by negotiating and aligning goals, instruments and modes of governance. You will also learn how debates and negotiations in international organisations create conditions in food trade that influence how access to food is arranged. Finally, you will combine your insights in food access at different levels for composing the big picture, and demonstrate how different levels are interrelated. Overall, the course enables you to critically reflect upon what's on your plate and who influences that selection. This introductory course is taught by instructors with decades of experience in university teaching and real life projects about access to food all over the world. This course will be beneficial to students, food and nutrition policy makers, development practitioners and trainers at international, national, household and individual level.
More course information and instructions on how to register can be found on: https://www.wur.nl/Virtual-Exchange.htm or click on the top-right link on this page.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • understand the basic principles of food access;
  • understand actors' choices influencing food access;
  • discern dilemmas at household, local, national and international levels;
  • unravel the connections between levels and actors regarding access to food.

Teaching method and examination

Final grading in the online course is based on an individual paper and review of four papers of other students (15%), four written tests with closed multiple-choice questions (15% each, 60% in total) and a written exam with open questions (25%). The grade of the individual paper is based on peer assessment or (in case not available) assessment by the examiner. The written exam (25%) will take place on campus, at two moments a year in February and July.
For the individual paper and reviews, the tests, and the exam a minimum pass mark of 5.5 is required. Partial grades are valid until and including the academic year following on the year in which they were obtained. In case of an insufficient grade for the individual paper, an improved version can be handed in once. Consult the course coordinator for the re-submission deadlines of insufficiently graded papers. If again insufficient, a new paper is required during the next course run.

Link to more information

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Offering(s)

  • Start date

    1 september 2023

    • Ends
      31 augustus 2024
    • Term *
      Academic Year
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 15 Jul 2024
  • Start date

    2 september 2024

    • Ends
      31 augustus 2025
    • Term *
      Academic Year
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
These offerings are valid for students of TU Eindhoven