Later this week TCi will hold it’s first joint course with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai. The course is titled Sustainable Global Food Systems: Food Policy for Developing Countries and will be held in Mumbai, India from January 25-28, 2014.
The course is designed to familiarize students with transformation in developing country food systems as economies grow and become increasingly inter-connected through globalization. Positive and negative impacts of the transformation on rural societies, smallholder agricultural systems and the environment will be discussed. Additionally, the course will focus on Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Policy, which plays a crucial role in helping the rural poor adjust to and benefit from the structural changes in food systems.
Ultimately, this course is designed to help students think beyond the “Green Revolution mindset” when designing food and agricultural policies. The course will conclude with a final lecture on the “ten key principles in the design and implementation of Agricultural and Food Policy” and is being organized by Prof. Prabhu Pingali. With a distinguished group of Indian economists and Food Policy experts, the course aims to address the unique challenges faced by India in adjusting to the global transformation in food systems while coping with stubbornly high poverty and malnutrition levels in rural communities.