Food Security Studies in Italy (GCHB 6790 Food Security & Resilience)
July 1 – 12, 2019
3 credit hour graduate course
Students participating in this exceptional course will gain an understanding of the elements and dynamics of resilient food systems – as well as the people, communities, relations, and policy that contribute to resilience. Impacts of rapidly globalizing food systems on food and nutrition security at local, household, and intra-household levels will be explored. The course includes lectures, discussion, and field trips to local Italian food businesses including a local farm and a dairy coop in Parma where Parmigiano Reggiano is made. Study-trips to the UN food agencies, which are based in Rome, are also included.
Now in its 12th year, the Italy course is offered in collaboration with Punti di Vista, a local cultural organization and held in the historic Franciscan Convent S. Maria del Giglio in the town of Bolsena, the very center of Italy, at the junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Latium. Lodging, freshly made Italian meals, field visits and on-the-ground transport are all included in course fees.