Food (In)Security in Africa

HNR 360 - Food (In)Security in Africa

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2017
Class #: 41302
Section: M005
Credits: 3

Naomi Shanguyhia

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

Course Time(s):
MW 3:45 - 5:05 pm


Course Description:

Food security continues to be an elusive pursuit in sub Saharan Africa (SSA), in spite of the numerous efforts that have been made at global and local levels to address the issue. According to the World Food Program, this region has the highest prevalence of hunger globally, with one out of four people undernourished. This situation has been attributed to many causes including a decline in food production relative to population growth, as well as poor access to the available food. Recent climate change research indicates this situation is likely to worsen as agricultural production in the region suffers major setbacks due to frequent erratic weather events associated with global climate change. This dire situation is further compounded by the invasion of international corporations seeking to lease large swathes of land in the region for agricultural investments. This class will critically examine the various ways in which global economic and environmental processes are intersecting with local political and socio-cultural processes to produce and perpetuate chronic hunger and malnutrition across the region. The second part of the class will focus on using case studies of select countries to critically analyze some of the policies that have been adopted and implemented in recent years to address this chronic problem.