Just a gentle reminder that we will NOT meet formally tomorrow, Thursday, October 2. However, I will be in my office during class time to assist any student or group w/ their work in class or semester project. Your task during this Thursday "class" is to ensure your semester project draft is uploaded to link on Blackboard and complete the following CRS module that is on Blackboard (links will take you to the appropriate sites):
Your tasks in this assignment are to:
1. Watch and Read the resources provided in the links below.
2. Please join this group: [url removed, login to view]
3. Write 2 responses to open-ended questions (they are at the end of this message) AND 2 responses to other students from different universities.
4. Post here on Blackboard your response to this assignment (one or two paragraphs at most). Was there anything helpful about the assignment particularly for you to grow in knowledge of CST and more precisely hunger? Was the "back and forth" between students from other schools engaging?
Please watch/read the following:
· CRS’ Approach to Food Security (video, 7:23), by David Leege, CRS Director of University Engagement and Research for Overseas Operations, together with CRS’ Food Security Framework, one-page graphic highlighted in the video. This video is a concise introduction to CRS’ integrated approach to food security and the USAID definition of food security (mainly, food availability, access, and utilization).
· Read: “CRS and Agricultural Livelihoods”
· Read: Washington DC: US Food Aid Programs: Questions and Answers, by Bread for the World (3 pages); Senate Passes Farm Bill, CRS February 2014; and the advocacy letter from CRS and other US-based international humanitarian organizations to congressional committees
· Read: Talking Points on Securing the Human Right to Food Within and Across Borders, by Barrett Brenton and Ellen Messer, a Policy Report for the Holy See at the United Nations (A/HRC/22/50), prepared in conjunction with the UN Human Rights Council, August 2013
· Read: Where Will We Find Enough Food for 9 Billion? By Jonathan Foley, National Geographic, 2014
· Read: World Food Program Hunger Map and Ten Hunger Facts for 2014
· Complete: “Test Your Hunger IQ”
□ Read: “Program FASO”
□ Read: Capacity Strengthening”
□ Read: Reforms to Food Aid
Here is how the Facebook discussion forum works: the general rules are to write your thoughts in response to the open-ended questions, to engage in dialogue with students from St. John's, King's College, and Villanova University and to write thoughtfully and respectfully. Because there are almost 70 students participating in our discussion, it's helpful to be clear in your postings and start your posts with your topic sentence for the post so people know what your key idea is. If you are responding to another student, please include that person's Facebook name in the reply so others know what you are replying about and to whom.
Here are discussion questions--please pick two to respond to and then respond to two other students' responses:
1) TV news clips and fund-raising appeals have conditioned the public to think of hunger as pictures of starving babies with bloated bellies. However, a truer picture of food insecurity is more complex. As you learn about the reality of food insecurity and underlying causes, what are the stereotypes that need to be shattered? How would you give a better understanding of Food Insecurity to others (like parents or relatives), now that you have studied these sites.
2) Brenton and Messer’s article advocates an “approach to HRF [the human right to food] that incorporates principles of solidarity and subsidiary at its core, and is both sustainable and inclusive.” What do you think of the authors’ claims supporting their case for a universal right to food? Discuss specific passages.