Small Farms: Stewards of Global Nutrition?

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We're testing interest in this function for possible future enhancements to our website. A pathway to the profession of dietetics, this coursework Masters integrates theoretical and practical components across clinical dietetics, food service, community and public health and research. Students are trained to understand and interpret nutrition science, assess nutritional needs, conduct research and give dietary advice for general health and specialised requirements, including medical conditions and improved performance.

APD is the only credential recognised in Australia by the government and many private health insurers. Students can choose from two undergraduate courses that offer a pathway to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics: It's how we discovered that the quality of teaching here is the best in Western Australia.

Being rated 5 stars by our graduates for 11 years in a row confirms that. It's also how we learned from QILT that we're Australia's top-ranked public university for student experience — 2 years in a row. And it's how we know that we're one of the best young universities in the world under 50 years old. Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course. All applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in science, bioscience or health, with a Weighted Average Mark WAM of 65 per cent or higher, where half of the units at the first-year and second-year level are be comprised of bioscience, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry, including at least 15 per cent of a full-year load each of biochemistry and physiology.

The Bachelor degree must contain at least two second-year or higher level biochemistry units, for which chemistry was a pre-requisite, and two second-year or higher level physiology units. University admission requirements apply. For domestic students, requirements include English competency. For international students, your secondary school results and English competency are included.

An overview of core units and electives you can study in this course. The full time course commences mid-year, and some of the practice components occur outside of the normal university semesters.

Students are required to undertake clinical, community and food service placements in the final semester of the course. Students who have a gap of 18 months or longer between completing relevant course work units and enrolling in placement units will be required to meet with the Unit Coordinator to develop a Learning Contract. Students who do not complete the Learning Contract to the required standard will not be permitted to progress to the Professional Practicum Program.

These full-time work placements may extend outside the standard university semester calendar. Students may be required to travel to placement sites or to relocate to a rural or regional setting for the period of the placement. Before undertaking any clinical placement, students are required to have a Communicable Diseases, Criminal Record, and Working with Children clearance.

Opportunities and career options after you finish this course. Attending an ECU prospective student event is a great way to help you decide what to study. Postgraduate study can help you take your career to another level or to change direction. Course coordinator Jeff Corkill talks courses, flexible study options and more. Small farms produce more than three quarters of most foods in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and China.

In Asia, the vast majority of farming happens in densely populated landscapes made up of many small farms. Very small farms less than 2 hectares produce more than half of all nutrients in China, and over a quarter of nutrients in many other regions, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia Pacific. Fish, for example, is a minor contributor of calories and protein worldwide, but supplies a fifth of vitamin B12 in China and Southeast Asia. Most of sub-Saharan Africa is dominated by smallholder farming, though in many cases systems are less dense as farms use less productive or more arid land for grazing livestock and other practices.

Often, these areas are also characterized by a greater nutritional dependence on local production, due to a lack of access to markets, as well as transportation and storage infrastructure, and a focus on minimizing risk and variability. In such parts of the world, small farms are responsible for about 80 percent of essential nutrients produced in each region, as well as more than 60 percent of regional food calories.

In these regions, large farms account for nearly all percent of cereal, livestock, and fruit production. In South America, Australia, and New Zealand, very large farms account for more than half of nutrients produced. In Europe, West Asia, North Africa, and Central America, medium-sized farms contribute a more significant proportion of foods and nutrients.

The maps below show nutritional yields, or the number of people who can meet their nutritional needs from all of the crops, livestock, and fish grown in an area. Since vitamin A and vitamin B12 are supplied by fewer commodities, their global production is lower and limited to a few key areas. Rather than simply feeding people, we need to think about nourishing people with diverse foods. Diversity and balance in food systems are good for people and ecosystems. Small farms often exist as part of diverse agricultural landscapes that support a wide variety of crop and non-crop species.

The results are often a mosaic of crops, trees, and pastures. In addition to making up more diverse landscapes, small and medium-sized farms include greater levels of crop species and genetic diversity than do larger farms. This diversity can improve the resilience of farming systems. For example, since shocks may affect some crops or livestock more than others, a diverse farm can provide a buffer to extreme weather events, price fluctuations, or pests and disease.

Moreover, small farms often have greater crop productivity per unit area than large farms. Higher agricultural diversity generally leads to greater diversity of micronutrients.

As with farm size, agricultural diversity of various regions differs around the world. For example, much of the western part of South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe produce a lot of different foods. In contrast, much of Australia, and North and South America are not agriculturally diverse, producing relatively fewer types of crops, livestock, and fish.

All slideshow photos courtesy of Google Earth. Are smaller farms stewards of global nutrition? The answer is a resounding yes. At the same time, though, large farms are critical to global food security. To truly improve the quality of the food we produce, and not just ensure adequate calories, effective solutions must be rooted in a regional understanding of how the size of farm systems influences food and nutrient production. In parts of the world where farmers and communities have limited access to markets, growing a broad range of nutrient-rich foods on local farms is essential to a diverse and healthy diet.

Intensification strategies that lead farmers to cultivate fewer crops—often just a few cereals and pulses—will have negative effects on the health of people and the resilience of the agricultural system.

In these systems, producer-focused solutions are necessary to enable farmers to cultivate diverse and resilient systems. Agricultural diversity is important in wealthier countries as well.

Robust markets and widespread trade enable a broad range of food choices, but do not necessarily support healthy diets or diverse agricultural systems. The prevalence and affordability of processed foods—made up of just a few food types such as corn, soy, and beef—can lead to malnutrition and obesity even where food is plentiful. While people can access a diversity of crops via supermarkets, the lack of diversity in large, intensified farming systems can make countries less resilient to climatic variation or pests, requiring environmentally harmful inputs and methods to be productive.

In these systems, both consumer-focused and producer-focused solutions are needed to support sustainable and nutritious food systems.

In Bangladesh, farmers are reducing vitamin A deficiency in their communities with a novel approach that relies on a small indigenous fish species in homestead ponds.

Farmers here usually raise a few species of large carp to be sold profitably at market. However, mola—a small, indigenous fish—provides ample vitamin A and other micronutrients including iron, zinc, and calcium.

Large fish are typically harvested only once or twice during a production season, while mola can be harvested throughout the season to be sold at market or used for home consumption. Much of the discussion about diversification focuses on individual farms.

While there is advantage to diversification to reduce risk, for small farms it also eliminates most of the benefits that come with specialization and scale. It is useful to think about diversification at scales other than the farm. Diversification at the village level can provide a more diverse local food supply in areas that have less effective markets, and also allows some degree of specialization at the level of individual farms.

In industrialized economies like the United States, the discussion of subsidies to improve health has been largely focused on production. There is a good reason that fruit and vegetable growers tend to oppose this strategy: As consumption is arguably the largest driver of industrialized food systems, subsidizing fruit and vegetable consumption could significantly improve access to healthy foods.

Currently, many crop-breeding programs focus on improving a few major food commodities. However, nutrition can be integrated into both public and private crop breeding projects. This could reverse a long-term trend away from public support of crop breeding, and in particular a limited range of crops and livestock.

Currently, there are a number of NGOs and scientific societies pushing projects like these forward, including the Open Source Seed Initiative a n d Bioversity International.

The following people provided data and helpful review: Briefings on the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today. Can We Eat Less Water? Waste Not, Want Not? Do We Have to Choose? Is There Enough Food for the Future? Stewards of Global Nutrition? These foods are rich sources of different micronutrients, and make variable contributions to dietary energy and protein. A global triple threat Malnutrition, in its various forms, exists in nearly every country in the world.

This number has declined from more than 1 billion people in the s. Nearly 2 billion people in the world suffer from overweight or obesity related to excess calorie intake.

This is also often associated with many chronic diseases affecting people around the world, from Type 2 diabetes to heart disease. The seeded flesh of the Pisang Klutuk Wulung, or Musa balbisiana. This wild species is found in Indonesia.

A peeled and unpeeled white-flesh left next to the briliant orange and red flesh and skin of the Karat banana from the Micronesian Island of Pohnpei right. The world consumes just one of over a thousand kinds of bananas. An edible and seedless Cavendish banana next to its ancestor, the wild species Musa acuminata.

Dietary diversity--both of different foods, and of different cultivars of the same foods--has steadily decreased globally since the s. Today, the Cavendish accounts for the majority of global banana trade. Astounding biodiversity, key source of nutrient security.

A peeled and unpeeled, partially eaten red banana. Diversity in diet is important not only across food groups, but within them. There are thousands of edible cultivars of banana, some eaten cooked, some raw. Each of them have a distinct nutrient profile. Photo by Jessica Bogard.

Both small and large farms are critical for food security. The role of farm size differs around the world While small farms exist in a vast array of different agricultural systems across the planet, the role these farms play differs depending on where in the world you are.

Our nutrient-dense world The maps below show nutritional yields, or the number of people who can meet their nutritional needs from all of the crops, livestock, and fish grown in an area.

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