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Global food systems and food security

This course introduces students to global food systems and the challenges of ensuring food security for all in a world of climate change, globalization, shifting demographies and new technologies. Food constitutes a major product in the contemporary global commodity value chain and this course provides students with analytical tools so as to be able to grasp and analyze the effects of global forces on local food production, on marketing, transportation and consumption of food.

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for LU0092

Academic year 2023/2024

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40156)

2024-03-20 - 2024-06-02

Academic year 2022/2023

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40064)

2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04

Academic year 2021/2022

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40119)

2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40106)

2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40043)

2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Global food systems and food security (LU0092-40095)

2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

**Literature: Global Food Systems and Food Security spring semester 2024
****You will only have to purchase the books marked with a *.
**Please, note that some literature might be added to the list and some may be changed or omitted.

**Compulsory course books **

Baraibar Norberg, Matilda and Deutsch, Lisa. 2023. The Soybean Through World History Lessons for Sustainable Agrofood Systems. London and New York. Routledge.
This book will be provided free on Canvas.

* Clapp, Jennifer. 2016. Food. Cambridge. Polity Books (2nd edition).

* Hall, Derek. 2013. Land. Cambridge. Polity Books.

* Pain, Adam & Hansen Kjell. 2019. Rural Development. London: Routledge.

Excerpts of Books:

Blanchette, Alex. Introduction and Part 1. 2020. Porkopolis. American Animality, Standardized Life & the Factory Farm. Durham. Duke University Press.

Davis, Mike. Late Victorian Holocausts. El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World. Chapter 6. Millenarian Revolutions. London. Verso. 177-210.

Gould, William T. S. 2009: Chapter 6: Migration and Development. Population and Development. London: Routledge (pp 154 - 190)

Harvey, David. 2006. Notes towards a theory of uneven geographical development. Spaces of Global Capitalism. Towards a theory of uneven geographical development. London. Verso. Pages 69-116.

Hilhorst, Dorothea Chapter 1: Introduction: The politics of NGO-ing. Chapter 2: Damning the dams: Social movements and NGOsThe Real World of NGOs: discourses, diversity and development. London. ZED Books. Pages 1-50.

Karriem, Abdurazack. (2013) Space, Ecology, and Politics in the Praxis of the Brazilian Landless Movement. Gramsci, Space, Nature, Politics (eds. Ekers, Michael, Hart, Gillian, Kipfer, Stefan, Loftus, Alex). London. Wiley-Blackwell. Pages 142-160.

Lechner, Frank, J., Boli, John (2005) Chapter 7: Transforming World Culture: The anti-globalization movement as cultural critique. World Culture. Origins and Consequences. Oxford. Blackwell Publishing. Pages 153-172

McMichael, P (2013) Chapter 1-4. Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions. Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies Series, Practical Action. Fernwood Publishing.

Nützenadel, Alexander (2008) Chapter 9: A green international? Foods market and transnational politics, 1850-1914. Chapter 12: Postcolonial paradoxes: the cultural economy of African Export Agriculture. Chapter 14: Before Fair Trade Empire, Free Trade and the moral economies of food in the modern world. Food and Globalization. Consumption, Markets and Politics in the Modern World (ed. Nützenadel, Alexander, Trentmann, Frank). Oxford. Berg. 153-172, 215-234, 253-276.

Scheper-Hughes, Nancy. 1992. Chapter 1: O Nordeste: Sweetness and Death. Chapter 2: One hundred years without water. Chapter 4: The madness of hunger. Death without Weeping. The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Berkeley. University of California Press. Pages 31-97, 128-166.

Topik, Steven, A. Wells. (2012) *Global Markets Transformed 1870-1945. *Chapter 3: Commodity Chains. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Pages 113-259


Bartholdson, Örjan, Porro, Roberto, Pain, Adam. (2021) Seeking One’s Fortune Elsewhere: The Social Breakdown of a Smallholder Settlement in the Brazilian Eastern Amazon and the Consequences for Its Rainforest Reserve. Forum for Development Studies. Vol. 49(1): 107-127

Beckert, Sven, Bosma, Ulbe, Schneider, Mindi, Vanhaute, Eric. 2021. Commodity frontiers and the transformation of the global countryside: a research agenda. Journal of Global History. No. 16 (3): 435–450

Bernstein, H., 2006. ‘Is There an Agrarian Question in the 21st Century?’ Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 26 (4): 449–60.

Borras et al 2014. Towards Understanding the Politics of Flex Crops and Commodities. Transnational Institute (TNI) Agrarian Justice Program.

Borras et al, 2016 The rise of flex crops and commodities: implications for research. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 43, 1, 93-115

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2009. Rethinking public policy in agriculture – Lessons from history, distant and recent. Journal of Peasant Studies, 36, 3, 477-515

Graeber, David. 2006. Beyond Power/Knowledge- an exploration of the relation of power, ignorance and stupidity. The Malinowski Memorial Lecture, 2006. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. Pages 105 – 128

Gupta, Akhil 1995: Blurred Boundaries: The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics, and the Imagined State. American Ethnologist 22.

Kusakabe, Kyoko, Chanthoumphone, Chatahavisth. 2021. Transition From Subsistence Agriculture to Rubber Plantations in Northern Laos: Analysis of Household Livelihood Strategies by Ethnicity and Gender. SAGE Open. Pages 1-13.

Land, T (2010) Crisis? What Crisis? The Normality of the Current Food Crisis. Journal of Agrarian Change, 10 (1): 87-97

Liu, Andrew B. 2010. Birth of a Noble Tea Country: on The Geography of Colonial Capital and The Origins of Indian Tea. Journal of Historical Sociology.* *Vol. 23 (1): 73-100

Marquardt K, Pain A, Bartholdson Ö and L Romero Rengifo (2019). Forest dynamics in the Peruvian Amazon – understanding processes of change. Small-scale Forestry. 18(1), pp 81-104.

Marquardt K, Pain A and Khatri D B (2020). Re-reading Nepalese landscapes: labour, water, farming patches and trees. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods: 29:4. 238-259.

Marschke, Melissa, Vandergeest, Peter, Havice, Elizabeth, Kadfak, Alin, Duker, Peter, Isopescu, Ilinca, MacDonnell, Mallor. 2020. COVID-19, instability and migrant fish workers in Asia. Maritime Studies.

Pain, Adam, Marquardt, Kristina, Lindh, Arvid, Hasselquist, Niles J. What Is Secondary about Secondary Tropical Forest? Rethinking Forest Landscapes. Human Ecology.

Rigg, Jonathan, Salamanca, Albert, Thompson, Eric. 2016. The puzzle of East and Southeast Asia's persistent smallholder.Journal of. Rural Studies., 43, pp. 118-133

Röös, Elin, et al. 2018. Defining a land boundary for sustainable livestock consumption. Global Change Biology. No 24: 4185-4194.

Sunam, Ramesh. 2017. In Search of Pathways out of Poverty: Mapping the Role of International Labour Migration, Agriculture and Rural Labour. Journal of Agrarian Change. Vol. 17 (1): 67–80

Thompson M and Warburton M (1985). Uncertainty on a Himalayan Scale. Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 115-135.

Topik, Steven. 2009. Coffee as a Social Drug. Cultural Critique. No. 71: 81-106

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme The Master's Programme Sustainable Food Systems Agriculture and Rural Development Agriculture Programme - Rural Development Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Rural Development
Course code: LU0092 Application code: SLU-40102 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%