JCU and UNICRI Present 3rd Edition of “Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the Time of COVID-19”

“Today, more than 821 million people regularly go to bed hungry, of whom 100-plus million suffer from acute hunger, largely due to man-made conflicts, climate change, and economic downturns. These are the people who will experience the unthinkable due to the economic or logistical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the depth and breadth of hunger will increase worldwide.” (COVID-19: Potential impact on the world’s poorest people, World Food Programme)

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with John Cabot University, is organizing the third edition of the “Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the time of COVID-19,” which will be held online from October 25 to 29, 2021.

Hussam al-Shormani ICRC Yemen Food

Hussam al-Shormani ICRC Yemen Food

States need to promptly address the negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the food security sector, which was already affected by armed conflicts, climate change, and economic factors. Controlling and monitoring the food supply chain is of crucial importance to counter malnutrition, facilitate access to food, and mitigate other negative impacts that the food security sector has to address. With the goal to reach the second SDG “Zero Hunger” by 2030, States and international organizations need to find a balance between economic development, environmental protection, and food security.

The Specialized Course offers professional, legal, social, scientific, and academic perspectives through live webinars, group discussions, dynamic case studies, individual readings, and practical exercises. The faculty is composed of leading scholars and academics from JCU and other universities, as well as international legal experts from the United Nations system, international and non-governmental organizations, and civil society.

The course is designed for university graduates in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Social Science, and other relevant disciplines. It is also addressed to young professionals working in governmental institutions, local authorities, and international and non-governmental organizations seeking to deepen their understanding of current food security issues.

The “Specialized Course on Food and Nutrition Security at the time of COVID-19” will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of main determinants and issues connected to food security, among which:

  • Towards the multidimensional definition of food security
  • The UN strategy for Goal 2 “Zero Hunger” (SDGs) and challenges of Covid-19
  • Legal tools on right to food, food safety, and security
  • Mitigating risks to food systems during COVID-19: Reducing food loss and waste
  • Pandemic outbreaks and impact on food safety and security
  • Climate Change: Impacts on Agriculture, Crop Production, Resilience at the time of COVID-19
  • COVID-19, conflicts, migration, and food insecurity
  • Food fraud and food counterfeiting

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the most salient issues related to food and nutrition security while fostering intercultural dialogue and interacting with internationally recognized experts and peers from all over the world.

The course combines live webinars led by subject matter experts, with self-paced activities and interactive group discussions. Upon attendance of all live webinars and completion of the course activities and assignments, participants will receive a United Nations and John Cabot University certificate of participation.

The deadline to apply is October 10, 2021.

For further information on application process, entry requirements, registration fees, and certificate of participation send a message to [email protected].

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