Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective
In Ghana at NYU Accra and in Cape Coast, Kumasi and Tamale
This course will not be offered in 2014, but will be offered in Summer 2015. Check back in May 2014 for updates on a 2015 offering.
For reference regarding the lenghth of the course, in 2013 the dates were: Saturday, June 1 (arrival day) - Depart Friday, June 21 (departure day); Sunday, June 2 (first day of class) - Thursday, June 20 (last day of class). In additino, the required Pre-departure course lectures were (at NYU in New York): Mondays 4:55 pm - 6:35 pm from 3/25/2013 - 5/13/2013 (and 5/20/2013).
This course explores the political and economic policy issues surrounding hunger and food security, drawing on many case examples and using Ghana as a case study. The course will provide an overview of some of the core dimensions of global hunger and food security policy issues, including debates over a new green revolution, food aid, fair trade, the impact of expanded biofuels production and the impact of the inter-related financial, food, and fuel crises. The class will incorporate visits to sites in Ghana and discussions with NGOs and other organizations involved in various efforts to enhance food security.
The course will have pre-departure lectures in New York in late May and early June. Check Albert for the schedule.
Course prerequisites: Wagner's CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics, CORE-GP 1011 Statistical Methods, CORE-GP 1022 Intro to Policy, or equivalents or permission from the instructor (see instructor email addresses on right side of this page under "instructors").
Note: New York-based version of course (PADM-GP 4250): Please note that a 2-credit course version of the course, PADM-GP 4250 Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York), which will not travel to Ghana and will only meet in New York, is also being offered. The course will meetMondays 4:55 pm - 6:35 pm from 3/25/2013 - 5/13/2013. Check Albert for updates. The same course prerequisites as above apply.
As part of the course students will take half-day study visits to organizations and farms working to enhance food security. The course will also include a full-day visit to Cape Coast and visits to local markets and attractions in Accra.
Participants will visit:
- Local, national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and aid agencies;
- Local markets in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale;
- Elmina Castle, the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara.
- Kumasi, Tamale and Wli Falls in the Volta Region
Tuition: $4,128 (4 credits, matriculated graduate students, plus registration and support fees. Click here for more information.)
Non-refundable program activities fee (includes housing, ground transport, several meals and more): $1,800 anticipated. $1,200 deposit will will be due on March 1, 2013.
Accommodations and Logistics
Participants stay at the NYU Accra Solomon's Lodge student residence building, located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Accra and a short distance from the city center. Accommodations in Cape Coast, Kumasi and Tamale will be at hotels and guest houses. The activities fee includes lodging costs, an opening luncheon and dinner, breakfast groceries, and a closing dinner as well as ground transportation and on-site staffing. Students will be responsible for other meals, mobile phone rental and minutes, and spending cash.
Flight: Participants must book and pay for their flights, and should do so no later than April. Several airlines fly to Ghana, including Delta, Ghana Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways.
Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.
Tourist Visa: Visit the Ghana Consulate in New York on how to apply for and obtain the required "tourist" visa (not "student" or "business").
Registration and Information
All students must complete the Request for Registration online form on the right side of this page. Request for registration will open in late January 2013.
Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration procedures.
Non-matriculated, non-NYU and non-credit participants should contact email@example.com for more information.
For all inquiries about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Strangler Ficus Tree strangles the class at Aburi Botanical Garden." Photo by Sandra Vu
"Class photo at the Strangler Ficus Tree at Aburi Botanical Garden." Photo by Sandra Vu
"Cocoa bean storage at Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa farm outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Cocoa beans at Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa farm outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Lunching in the classroom at Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa farm outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Discussion with the farmers at Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa farm outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Learning in action at Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa farm outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Visiting the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Coop outside of Kumasi" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Exploring a aquaculture at Kumah Farms Complex outside of Kumasi." Photo by Sandra Vu
"Visiting the Kumah Farms Complex outside of Kumasi" Photo by Angela Cheng
"Visiting the Millennium Villages Project in Bonsaaso." Photo by Sandra Vu
"A bonfire and limbo contest at Coconut Beach in Elmina" Photo by Sandra Vu
"Visiting the Chief Fisherman at Elmina." Photo by Sandra Vu
"Exploring the fishing boat yards in Elmina." Photo by Sandra Vu
"Learning about the local fishing trade and community in Elmina." Photo by Sandra Vu
Join us for an information session on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:30pm at NYU Wagner to learn more about this course and Wagner's other summer courses abroad, RSVP here.
Registration Request Form and Timeline
To request registration for a Summer 2013 course abroad, please complete this online form. The next deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9am. You are strongly encouraged to meet the March deadline as the course begins to meet max capacity.
(If you plan to request this course, please make sure that you make note of the pre-departure lecture dates: Mondays 4:55 pm - 6:35 pm from 3/25/2013 - 5/13/2013; and 5/20/2013, TBD).