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Food Security

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Photo Credit: Chris Young / Oxfam


Food security refers to the availability and accessibility of food and is an issue that affects everyone. It is a lively and engaging topic that embraces young people's geography and experiences. It is also a controversial issue and like all such issues requires some sensitivity when taught about in the classroom. This course is designed to help you overcome the barriers to tackling these sorts of topics.

The units in this course contain a range of readymade activities and resources that can be used as they are or adapted to challenge and inspire your students. It will also introduce you to a variety of online and other sources that can be used to resource what is a constantly changing situation. In addition, you will be guided through the production and evaluation of a multimedia classroom presentation.

This course complements the CPD units on The Geography of Food which look at some of the wider issues regarding food production and consumption.

As with all of our online CPD courses, you may choose to work the entire course or choose the units that seem most useful and appropriate to you.
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Course units

Getting Started
Getting Started

Introducing the topic of food security.
Supermarket Shock
Supermarket Shock

Take part in an imaginary shopping trip to explore how shoppers are responding to rising food prices by cutting costs.
Local Food Strategies
Local Food Strategies

What strategies would you and your pupils be prepared to use in a situation of food insecurity?
Global Food Strategies
Global Food Strategies

What strategies might be used globally in response to the food crisis? An introduction to Oxfam.
The Perfect Storm?
The Perfect Storm

What is 'the perfect storm' and what are the factors that are contributing to it?
Food Aid
Food Aid

Food aid - is it just something that is needed overseas? This unit looks at foodbank schemes operating in the UK.
Getting the Message Across
Getting the Message Across

In this unit we explore how charities such as Oxfam use media campaigns to get their message across.
Making a meal of it: Creating a unit of work
Making a meal of it: Creating a presentation

In this unit you will learn how to use a web tool called Animoto to create a multimedia classroom presentation.
Pedagogy and Thinking
Pedagogy and Thinking

What is the theory behind the practice? This section looks at controversial issues, enquiry, values and more.

A final reflection on the units, and a collection of links and resources to guide your own further research.
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Many thanks to Oxfam for their permission to use their images that illustrate this course. Particular thanks go to John McLaverty for his cooperation with The Perfect Storm unit.

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