Rural poor heavily rely on their local environments to provide basic necessities like water, food and energy. Thus, these vital resources provide the backbone of many rural livelihoods and their stability is key to securing the wellbeing of their entire communities. Food insecurity interrupts market access, trade and food supply, reduces income, deplete savings and erode livelihoods. Economic crises such as soaring food prices reduce real income, force the poor to sell their assets, decrease food consumption, and reduce their dietary diversity and access to safe and quality food. Disasters create poverty traps that increase the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition.
This course will equip you with knowledge on protecting people’s livelihoods from shocks, and strengthening their capacity to absorb the impact of, and recover from, disruptive events. It is a necessary ingredient for food and nutrition security. The course is also in line with the first millennium goal on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.
Who Should Attend?
This course targets various actors in the National governments, UN partners and NGOs, Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.
By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
- Understand various terms in food security and risk reduction
- Gain knowledge on application of various approaches to Food Security interventions
- Understand the various methods in Food Security analysis and tools and be able apply
- Use of GIS and remote sensing in food security analysis
- Monitoring and Evaluation in Food Security Programming
- Improve agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practices
Topics to be Covered
- Basic concepts of food security
- Causes of food insecurity
- Food system resilience and indicators
- Preparation and planning of targeted interventions
- Community food security assessment tool kit
- Gender integration in food security programming
- Monitoring and evaluation in food security programming
- Proficiency in use of English language
- Meet admission criteria
The trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach such as presentations, group work, guided sessions of practical exercise and web based tutorials.