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The programme aims to provide a broad understanding of the agronomic, environmental, economic and socio-political factors which affect, and are affected, by food security. Equipped with the necessary analytical and communication skills the students will be able to contribute to humanity?s efforts to achieve and sustain food security during the 21st century. Food security has become a critically important issue for societies around the globe. It concerns not only food production systems and supply chains but also development issues such as land tenure, patterns of inequality, and the exchange value of commodities. There is the need to develop methodologies to appraise trade-offs in terms of risk and uncertainly in strategic decision-making both at farm level and at national planning level. Such appraisal is particularly important in light of global environmental change. Population demographics, projected changes in diet, trade liberalisation, an increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies applied as a response to climate change resource limitations (particularly in terms of energy, water and nutrients) are macro-level systematic interactions critical to the development of appropriate strategies for food security.

The programme aims to provide a broad understanding of the agronomic, environmental, economic and socio-political factors which affect, and are affected, by food security. Equipped with the necessary analytical and communication skills the students will be able to contribute to humanity?s efforts to achieve and sustain food security during the 21st century. Food security has become a critically...

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