SOCA6690

Rural Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture for Community Development

10 Units

In the rural areas of developing countries, food security is frequently a problem despite proximity to agricultural land. This course investigates this problem and considers useful solutions for community development in the social contexts of different parts of the developing world. Governments can operate to relieve food security by enacting policies at a national level, with impacts on urban and rural food security. What are the options and the advantages and disadvantages? Sustainable solutions through interventions in agriculture are also proposed and can be enacted at a local level by government agencies or initiated by local or international NGOs. What kinds of nutritional deficit are typical and what are the agricultural strategies that can address these in the context of rural poverty? How can we design an agricultural strategy for a particular situation? How does the local context of land ownership and culture impact on what can work in community development? A commonly proposed solution is to move farmers away from dependence on subsistence and into a greater involvement in the market. What are the pitfalls of this strategy and how can we decide when the local context makes it appropriate?

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. An understanding of options for national policy on food security
  2. An understanding of agricultural strategies used in food security interventions for sustainable rural development
  3. The ability to design and present an effective intervention for a local context that takes into account agricultural options and their social context
Content
  • National policies for food security in developing countries
  • Legume plants in food security strategies
  • Water harvesting options
  • The social context of composting and sanitation strategies
  • Diverse nutritional needs and integrated strategies for mixed farming
  • Issues with animal husbandry and the supply of protein -┬áthe social context
  • Land ownership and employment as the context for subsistence and commercial interventions
Assumed Knowledge An undergraduate degree with a major in social science or other related discipline.
Assessment Items
  • Participation: Group/Tutorial Participation & Contribution
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case scenario
  • Written Assignment: 3 topics
  • Written Assignment: 2 topics
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Online Activity: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (On campus Students: Lecture 1 hr per week and Tutorial 1hr per week for a Full Term For Distance Students: Lecture (provided on Blackboard) 1 hr per week for a Full Term Discussion Forum on Blackboard - 1 hr per week for a Full Term)
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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