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AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


This course aims to familiarise students with the concept of food security and how this is threatened by natural, demographic, logistical, economic and political factors. The course also aims to highlight the role of improvements in agricultural production as a mechanism for providing food for a rapidly increasing global population.

This course introduces food security as a concept whereby world populations have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. The threats to food security are outlined including those caused by natural phenomena, demographic, logistical and economic issues and changes to the political state of world regions. The role of improvements in agricultural production are extensively explored including methods for maximising crop productivity, soil and water conservation techniques, improvements in farming technologies and practices, logistical enhancements and economic and political considerations.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023