The course discusses significant state and non-state alternatives in food production, consumption, and distribution; locating their relationship within contemporary development issues concerning ecology, food sovereignty, and food and nutritional security with an aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of the role that food systems play in promoting sustainable development.
Participants in this course will be able to appreciate the link between food and identity as well as people’s health and their environment. In the course, participants will learn and reflect upon large-scale state interventions such as the Public Distribution System (PDS) or the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) as well as alternatives that have emerged in response to critiques of these mainstream interventions.
The course will examine these alternatives with a view to sparking ideas for innovating possible actions around food justice, agrarian systems, and nutrition as a public health question.
Finally, the course will expose students to selected tools and methods to build accountability and expand spaces for intervention.