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Fall 2016-2017
ENV 407 / AFS 407 / GHP 427 (SA)   na, npdf

Africa's Food and Conservation Challenge

Lyndon D. Estes
Timothy D. Searchinger

This course will explore the economic, environmental, and social challenges of meeting growing food needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The region today has the lowest crop yields, the highest percentage of hungry people, and the highest population growth rates, and relies heavily on firewood for energy. The region also has vast areas of environmentally valuable forests and savannas. It has technical opportunities to produce crops better but faces challenges from high rainfall variability and climate change. The course will balance instruction, guest lectures and presentations by student teams, which will also produce a final paper.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings of 60-80 pages per week will be from science and policy papers, journalism and book chapters.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Course open to 20 sophomores, juniors and seniors and will help students explore possible junior and senior papers in food studies. Roughly two thirds of the class will be devoted to classes led by the teachers and guest lectures, and one third to oral presentations. Final papers by groups of two will be around 40 pages. There will be several guest presenters.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23234 S01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Princeton Neuroscience Institu   A30   Enrolled:16 Limit:19