Collaborating with FAO

Food and Agriculture OrganizationThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a clear mandate: to support member countries in their efforts to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food.

FAO works in partnership with governments and other collaborators including academic institutions such as John Cabot University that are committed to achieving food security.

Together JCU and FAO can mobilize the best available knowledge and capacities to achieve our common goals. Collaboration means reaching out to join forces, create synergies and making the most of our comparative advantages to eliminate hunger. For more information, please visit the Academic Partnerships Reaching Out page

John Cabot University Initiatives

Student Organizations: Universities Fighting World Hunger

University Events

2014: March 29
JCU Model United Nations Society Sparks Heated Debate on Food Security in the Developing World 

2014:  February 3  Guarini Institute for Public Affairs
Ryan Anderson and Sharon Ketchum Talk to JCU About Ending World Hunger 

2013: October 18  Guarini Institute for Public Affairs
Diplomacy Barcamp: A Call For Ideas to Achieve Food Security 

2013: October 23
Oxfam Hunger Banquet Gives JCU Community Insight into World Hunger

5-Day Short Course

Communicating to Inspire Change: Food Security and Sustainability (July 13-17, 2015)

Academic Courses

NS 220 Food and Agriculture
This is a survey course of agriculture, emphasizing the important food plants of the 21st century. The aim is to learn key processes which lead to the wide array of foods, which are available in developed countries. We start from the events of domestication, pass through the Green Revolution, and end with major plant crop commodities (such as bananas and coffee) being cultivated by “agribusiness” or also by “sustainable” farming methods. We also look at major issues related to agriculture today: for example, the development of biofuels which may use food stocks, and diseases and pests which threaten important monocultures. We look at the major achievements in agriculture of the 20th century, and try to anticipate the important uses and vulnerabilities of plant crops in the 21st century.

PL 399: Special Topics in Political Science: World Food Systems
This course provides students with an integrated, interdisciplinary study of the technologies of global food production, environmental and social issues related to the application of those technologies and moral and ethical issues associated with global food production and distribution. We emphasize the politics of change with regards to such significant global issues as population growth and hunger, the green revolution, high prices, obesity, food as a strategic and humanitarian resource, biopiracy and agribusiness, agroterrorism and synthetic technology.