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  • Civic Education for Sustainability

  • UNIT 4: ECONOMY-- Topic 2: Food Security and Sustainable Development of Agriculture


    Give students information about what global challenges agricultural sector is facing (poverty, hunger, agricultural land
    decreasing trends, threats ... genetically modified products); Food security and sustainable agricultural development 
    and  its universal significance.

    * Become familiar with the principles of food safety and environmentally sound production

    *Exploring the development of a modern agricultural complex situation and food security, and providing access to the current level

    * Get acquainted with the Food Safety and the poverty reduction strategy and the tactics of the basic principles, the basic attitudes of the agricultural policy and sustainable agricultural development of a safe assessment principles of food safety issues and alternative farming. (FAO; UN)


    The students will be aware of the three main aspects of agricultural sustainable development (economic, social and environmental).

    The students will be aware of the  principles regarding the importance of  food security and the new global agenda towards a more sustainable future. 


    - The students will be  aware of ,food security, global economic and environmental challenges: food security-access-sufficiency.

    - The students will be  aware of  Food security problems and economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture.

    _The students will be able to access international  and national documents in the field of  food security;

    -The students will be made aware of the rights,obligations and responsibilities of food security and poverty reduction.

    - The students will apply their knowledge and and skills in the use  of food security and sustainable rural development in the program development process;

    - The students will apply their knowledge and and skills in statistical materials regarding food security

    ·   The students will know how to access information  in the field of sustainable  agriculture and  analyse it.

    _The students will be aware about  rights, obligations and responsibilities of food safety issues.


    During the seminar working hours theoretical materials will be strengthened with group and pair works, discussions, debates, role-plays and case studies, discussing the video-materials, topics will be taken  from agricultural sector. 

    Activity 1: The activity begins with a short frontal lecture about poverty and its reasons . One of the reasons deals with food availability and production. Each group will choose a certain food product (bread, meat products, vegetables, oil,fish etc) They will describe what they know about this specific product. How it is produced? How is the production of this product affecting the environment? What challenges are involved in the production of this product? How many kilo calories are there in a daily portion of this product? How important is this product for a person's nutritional daily needs? How available is this product for a family under poverty level? How can we suggest ideas for improving the production of this product in a more sustainable manner? 

    Activity 2: Each group will pick a more developed country and developing country.They will access information concerning food production in those  specific countries  and  actual nutritional consumption of a household in that country(basic family basket), They will compare the data between the two countries and describe the implications of the inequality in worldwide food production and distribution, and will suggest possible solutions in lessening the gap between the countries.


    1.     New Sustainable Development Agenda, Leaving No One Behind; 2015

    2.     Sustainable agricultural development for food security. FAO REPORT) 2016;

    3.     Food and Agriculture Organization, The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2014.

    4.      International Food Policy Research Institute,Global Hunger Index, 2014.

    5.     World Food Program, Hunger Statistics.

    6.     The World Bank: Poverty Overview 2014.

    7.     United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision.

    8.     Food and Agriculture Organization, The State of the World’s Land & Water Resources for Food
    & Agriculture, 2011.

    9.      European Commission, Science for Environment Policy: Climate Change to Shift Global Spread & Quality of Agriculture
    Land, 2015. uality_agricultural_land_403na1_en.pdf

    10.  The Woodrow WilsonCenter for International Scholars, Food Security & Sociopolitical
    Stability, 2013.

    11.   The World Bank, World Development Report 2008, Agriculture for Development Policy Brief: Agriculture & Poverty Reduction. 1171488994713/3455847-1192738003272/Brief_AgPovRedctn_web.pdf

    12.  USAID Frontlines, March/April 2015.

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