Module: International Agrifood Issues

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Rita Walsh
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

Module teaching and learning is aimed at evaluating the major issues involved, and factors driving, change in food production, distribution and consumption.  Examples of the most significant current challenges faced by individuals, companies and policy makers operating in the agrifood sector will be addressed.  Indicative areas of focus include:

  1. The Perfect Storm – Major food supply chain issues & proposed solutions (i.e. the Beddington Report); Climate change - Impact and mitigation, Water issues;
  2. Consumers – health & diet changes; influence on the food chain.
  3. Policy & strategy issues – Globalisation; WTO/FAO/WHO/UN; Brexit.
  4. Grocery retail disruption – rise of discounters, growth of on-line.
  5. Food Chains - Fraud; Traceability/Authenticity; Technology

Module outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically analyse the driving forces in the agrifood chains.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex and dynamic nature of the food industry and the sensitivity over food quality, hygiene, and safety in different areas.
  3. Evaluate, identify and succinctly report the key factors that impact on agrifood policy at a UK level.
  4. Demonstrate cooperation/teamwork to the altruistic benefit of their peers.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 Briefing paper (2000 words) 50%
Coursework 2 Video (5 min max) 50%

Key texts

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