Note that the Specialisation in Food Security: Assessment and Action can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or can be applied to the UOC's Master's in Food, Society and International Food Governance.

 

Module 1. Food Security: The Basics

1. Food Security Concepts and Frameworks

1.1. What is Food Security?

1.2. Concepts Related to Food Security

1.3. Food Security Analysis

2. Food Security Information Systems and Networks

2.1. Food Security Information Systems

2.2. The Institutional Context

2.3. Improving Food Security Information Systems

3. Reporting Food Security Information

3.1. Understanding the User's Information Needs

3.2. Reporting for Results

3.3. Writing Effective Reports

3.4. Reporting Formats for Food Security

 

Module 2: Assessment and Analysis

1. Baseline Food Security Assessments

1.1. Introduction to Baseline and Action-oriented Assessments

1.2. Selecting a Baseline Assessment Method

1.3. Monitoring Changes in Food Security

2. Livelihoods Assessment and Analysis

2.1. Introduction to Livelihoods

2.2. Assessing Livelihoods

2.3. Livelihoods Indicators

3. Nutritional Status Assessment and Analysis

3.1. Nutritional Status and Food Security

3.2. Assessing Nutritional Status

3.3. Nutritional Status Indicators

4. Markets Assessment and Analysis

4.1. Markets and Food Security

4.2. Assessing the Market

4.3. Market Indicators

5. Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis

5.1. What is Vulnerability?

5.2. Vulnerability Assessment

5.3. Vulnerability Indicators

6. Availability Assessment and Analysis

6.1. Assessing Availability

6.2. Availability Indicators

 

Module 3: Advocacy and Action

1. Targeting

1.1. Introduction to Targeting

1.2. Monitoring and Evaluation of Targeting

1.3. Targeting in Emergencies

2. Food Security Policies - Formulation and Implementation

2.1. Establishment of a Food Security Policy Framework

2.2. Institutional Framework for Food Security Policies

2.3. Policy Monitoring and Evaluation

2.4. Policy Formulation and Implementation

3. Collaboration and Advocacy Techniques

3.1. Techniques for Improving Collaborative Work

3.2. Deciding on a Collaborative Assessment

3.3. Advocacy

 

Learning resources

The Specialization in Food Security: Assessment and Action is an extension of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Distance Learning courses in Food Security Information for Decision Making, developed with funding from the European Union. In this Specialization students are introduced to the concepts and tools used in food security analysis.

Materials will be in English and will include written course materials, relevant websites, academic articles, books and magazine articles, among others.

 

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