- Code EMDV8082
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof John McCarthy
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
This course aims to:
- provide a comparative lens for understanding key issues and responses in agricultural policy.
- the means for understanding the challenges of agricultural reform in the context of agrarian politics.
Spikes in food prices and fears stirred up by a changing climate combining with increasing energy and water needs have heightened concerns regarding food security and the sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. At the same time the convergence of pressures on agriculture has affected the purchasing power and food availability for the poor. While spikes in food prices have led to social unrest in some places, commodity booms have led to rapid agrarian changes in other areas. In this heated climate critical policy debates have emerged regarding how agriculture might develop in a fashion that diminishes environmental and social inequalities and vulnerabilities and, under what conditions, specific policies and projects can support an agriculture-for development agenda that is more friendly to the poor and to the environment.
International policy approaches have sought to promote agricultural development while working to reduce the risks to vulnerable populations. For instance, there are initiatives to use legal tools to empower the poor, to develop private sector smallholder development models that contribute to poverty reduction, to develop corporate responsibility processes and agendas that rework value chains to ensure a more equitable distribution of benefits from agricultural development, and now there are new programs to support adaptation to risk from extreme climatic events.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate competency with necessary theoretical and analytical tools required to analyze key policy problems facing the agricultural and rural sectors and the livelihoods of rural dwellers in the contemporary developing world.
- Practice professional skills using the key framework required for analyzing key agricultural and food security issues arising from a combination of economic, political, and natural processes.
- Debate key perspectives on food and agricultural policy
- Consider the potentialities and limits of selected widely promoted and replicated rural development policies.
- Discuss the implications of policies for different actors and institutions concerned with or affected by rural policy through the consideration of particular cases.
- Practice professional skills to present ideas clearly, and facilitate the learning of others.
- Class preparation activity (15) [LO 1,2,3,6]
- Seminar contribution (10) [LO 1,2,6]
- Food security analysis (10) [LO 4,5,6]
- Survey of key concepts (25) [LO 4,5,6]
- Discussion paper (40) [LO 4,5,6]
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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.
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