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ADS712 - Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:P Connors



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:

AID612, AID712

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit will explore issues of food security and sustainable rural livelihoods, encompassing relevant aspects of sustainable development, environmental and resource management and conservation, and agricultural/rural production systems. Linkages between social, environmental and economic influences on development will be explored, alongside critical review of debates on population, resource scarcity, poverty, and equality. Theoretical debate will be used to inform an analysis of policy and programme responses. Contemporary case studies from Africa, Asia, and Central America will be used to highlight regional and national issues and hotspots, and assess both immediate responses and longer term development intervention options.


Proposed topics covered include:

  • Environment and development,
  • Sustainability and the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework,
  • Population,
  • Natural Resources,
  • Carrying capacity (the economists versus the environmentalists),
  • Agriculture,
  • Forestry and rural production systems,
  • Food Security,
  • Risk and coping mechanisms,
  • The role of technology.


Two assignments, of not more than 5000 words: first assignment consists of short answer topics 40%, and the second assignment an essay on a specified topic 60%

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