The Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment (FHPE) pathway focuses on the complex interrelationships among food production, food consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment. Students in the pathway will explore how the production, consumption, and distribution of food resources are impacted by a variety of factors, including the availability of resources, income levels, and environmental degradation. Classes will also address the production of food in fragile environments and the sustainability of subsistence food systems, including the role of agricultural development in reducing hungerand poverty throughout the world. Undergraduate students can declare the Pathway through ECampus and will then have access to the opportunities available through the Food and Agribusiness Institute.
The Food and Agribusiness Institute runs BUSN 150 and 151, which are considered FAI classes within the FHPE Pathway. Class descriptions for the classes can be found below:
BUSN 150: Feeding the World
In this course, students examine the global system for the production and distribution of food, assess the ability of the system to satisfy the human demand for food, and evaluate the impact of the system on the natural environment. Students will employ tools from statistics, operations, and economics to describe, analyze, and forecast imbalances between food supply and food demand. Through a term project, students use their new skills to examine the food system in a developing nation experiencing chronic hunger. (5 units)
BUSN 151: Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion
This course is designed to help students meet their social justice-oriented experiential learning requirements while learning about issues related to food production and consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment. The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections, and a 10- to 12-day immersion in a selected country interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students' understanding of the role of business in the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice. (2 units)