Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex (where you will be based). You will gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development. We build your analytical and practical skills, improving your ability to engage critically with issues such as: - food and nutrition security - sustainable food systems - value chains and corporate power - agri-food technology and its contestations
Our faculty have extensive knowledge and direct field experience. And our guest speakers – from government bodies, international organisations, NGOs, and local food networks and movements – introduce you to contemporary policy debates and practices.
Careers We expect our graduates to become specialists and advisers in food and development issues worldwide, working for either governments, international development agencies, civil society organisations or social movements engaged with food-related themes. Many of our graduates go on to teach in universities around the world.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV) The increasing use of cash transfers and market-based strategies in response to food insecurity requires high market analysis skills to optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of food assistance interventions. Interventions to contrast conditions of food insecurity make increasingly use of cash distributions and, more in general, of market-based strategies, in addition to the traditional strategies based on commodity handout. This strategic shift is based on the consideration that markets are key elements of peoples’ livelihoods in all contexts, both in normal conditions and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, as long as conditions allow markets to function properly. Therefore, it has become increasingly important to incorporate market analysis in all phases of the project cycle, and in particular with reference to needs assessment, project design, M&E. This study proposes and applies a few tools to assess the feasibility of cash transfers and support the selection of intervention strategy in response to conditions of food insecurity.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV) Sustainable management of natural capital underpins human development and well-being. Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framing to help identify and manage synergies and trade-offs in the natural capital, natural resource management, food security and biodiversity conservation domains. This course is designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade-offs among multiple users and uses of nature.