cod. 1008148

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Economia ed estimo rurale (AGR/01)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to achieve the following objectives relatively to:
a. Knowledge and ability to understand. The course aims to provide the main interpretative determinants related to the topic of food security.
b. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Students will develop skills in the analysis of the main factors that act on food security at the national, family and individual levels.
c. Autonomy of judgment. Pupils will develop a critical sense in judging the conditions of food security in developing countries
d. Communication skills. Development of relationship and communication skills in relations with stakeholders
e. Ability to learn. The method of study provided includes moments of lectures, group work, individual analysis, discussion of the topics addressed in the classroom


- Mathematical methods for economics
- Statistics
- Micro Economics
- Agri food Economy

Course unit content

The contents of the Course concern the topic of food security in developing and in developed countries with the aim of: i) providing students with practical theoretical elements aimed at understanding the issues underlying food security, ii) the main theories that feed the strategies for a correct food security and sustainable policies, iii) the tools to measure the level of food insecurity using the available statistical sources

Full programme

The topics covered in the course concern the following aspects:
- the concept of food security and vulnerability
- The theme of poor nutrition and nutrition
- Hausehold models
- Public policies in support of food security
- Statistical sources for the calculation of food insurances
- Indicators to monitor food security
- Analysis and reporting


Readings prepared by the teacher using articles and chapters in Italian and English
Maria Sassi Understanding food Insecurity, (2018), Spinger international publishing

Teaching methods

- Lectures;
- Computer exercises;
- Working group;
- Study visits

Assessment methods and criteria

- Group practice test. Students will face a concrete case of food insecurity describing and processing the results and exposing them through the use of posters and an essay of 5 folders (evaluated 5 points). Sufficiency in the practical test gives access to the oral exam
- Oral exam. On the qualitative topics addressed in class

Other information

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