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Theme: Food Security

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A new element to our international curriculum efforts is a focus on a theme in addition to a region. This year's theme is Food Security.

Students could learn about the causes and consequences of the current world food crisis, its manifestations and possible solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The complex nature of this topic lends itself to interesting analysis from various angles. Some examples, among many:

  • There is a technological component (i.e. green revolution, seeds, patents, knowledge transfer, indigenous knowledge, etc).
  • There is an economic component (i.e. commodity prices, trade, corporate policies).
  • There is a health component (i.e. malnutrition, obesity/thinness).
  • There is a political component (i.e. international conflict/cooperation, food riots, farm lobby).
  • There is a social component (i.e. poverty, gender inequality).
  • There is a communications component (i.e. representations of beauty, definitions of health, grass-roots campaigns against hunger, etc.).
  • There is an environmental component (i.e., impact of global warming on food production, biofuels vs. food, water and land use, etc.).
  • There is also an ethical component.

The United Nations has declared 2008 to be the International Year of the Potato.