Food (In)Security in Africa

HNR 360 - Food (In)Security in Africa

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2019
Class #: 33417
Section: M006
Credits: 3

Shanguhyia, Naomi

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary, Course Global Non-Euro

Course Time(s):
TuTh 5:00pm-6:20pm


Course Description:

Household food security in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be an elusive pursuit for many. Recent reports indicate that, in spite of the numerous intervention programs that were adopted, the number of undernourished people in the region rose from 200 million in 2015 to 224 million in 2016. Why is it that a region with more than two thirds of its population engaged in farming cannot feed itself? In this class, we will critically examine the various causes of chronic food insecurity in this region and the different approaches to mitigating the problem. Central to our discussions will be the various ways in which global processes intersect with local dynamics to produce spaces of hunger and malnutrition across the region. Using country case studies, we will also analyze some of the policies that have been implemented in recent years to address this chronic problem and discuss potential viable approaches to lasting solutions.