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Fall 2017-2018
ENV 407 / AFS 407 / GHP 427 (SA)   na, npdf

Africa's Food and Conservation Challenge

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 food better but faces challenges from high rainfall variability and climate change.


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. Final papers will be roughly 4000 words, and students may agree to work in teams of 2 with double the length. There will be an in-class exam after week seven.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 15%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Course open to 20 sophomores, juniors and seniors. The course is intended to give students some basic understanding of agronomy, population growth, hunger, savanna ecology, and agricultural development issues while students explore one issue more deeply in a major final presentation and paper. The course will balance instruction, guest lectures and presentations by students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21142 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W        Enrolled:19 Limit:20