Module: Poverty and Food Security

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Philip Hudson
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    25 hours

Module content

The module is designed to provide an insight to the numerous factors that impact on food security in both a developed and developing country landscape. Care will be taken to ensure that students can gain a grasp of some of the key concepts and principles that underpin food security as well as poverty in its various guises. 

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the scale of the global challenges to food security and the drivers of change in the context of poverty alleviation and food security.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding to the scope of the components of the food security agenda and communicate contemporary issues relating to international and local responses to food supply and nutrition (including malnutrition*)
  3. Critically analyse the potentially conflicting requirements of environmental protection and food production.

*note: malnutrition embraces under nutrition, over consumption and imbalanced diets.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Presentation and written report 60%
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Bhattacharyaa, J, Currieb, J and Haider, S. (2004) Poverty, Food Insecurity, Nutritional Outcomes in Children and Adults. Journal of Health Economics 23 (4), 839-862.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (2008) The state of food insecurity in the world 2008: high food prices and food security—threats and opportunities. Rome: FAO.
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (2002) Achieving sustainable food security for all by 2020: priorities and responsibilities. Washington, D.C.
  • Lobell, D. and Burke, M. eds. (2010) Climate change and food security: Adapting agriculture to a warmer world. Springer Science & Business Media.
  • Rethinking Poverty (2010) Report on the World Social Situation. New York: United Nations.
  • Smith, L. and Subandoro, A. (2007) Measuring food security using household expenditure surveys. International Food Policy Research Institute. Washington, D.C.
  • Swinnen, J. F. M. (2007) Global Supply Chains Standards and the Poor: How the Globalisation of Food System and the Standards Affects Rural Development and Poverty. Wallingford, CABI Publishing.
  • UNCTAD (2012) Economic Development in Africa Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development.