Animal Health & Food Security Policy

Global Animal Health and Food Security Policy

At the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security 

Topic: Climate Change and Livestock - the Science, Politics, and Beliefs and how they may affect food security. 

Date: June 15, through June 19, 2015


William Sischo (WSU) and Gene Hugoson (UMN)

Learning objectives

  • Decipher the difference between policy formulation and implementation for governments versus intergovernmental organization
  • Describe the roles governments, non-governmental organizations, and citizens have in the development and implementation of policy at an intergovernmental level
  • How are agreements that transcend national boundaries enforced?  
  • What is the role that non governmental organizations play in defining and implementing global policies?
  • Why do governments engage in global policy development and implementation?

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of intergovernmental organizations.
  • Distinguish various strategies that groups use to inform and influence policy.
  • Demonstrate a role that the private sector has in enhancing global food security and animal health systems.
  • Synthesize a policy perspective utilizing a complex knowledge base that includes scientific findings, beliefs, and politics.
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand the multiple dimensions of policies and synthesize diverse opinions and data to create informed policy.
  • Present a cogent argument that informs policy that would be understood across a diverse audience.

Policy and leadership skill building

  • Value different perspectives on policy and policy-making in different disciplines, cultures and contexts. (Broaden exposure through experiences)
  • Enhance communication skills for professionals working at the convergence of animal health, public health, and food security.
  • Expand personal networks with leaders in food security, public health, and agricultural health.

Learning strategies

  • Background readings
  • Directed discussions and debate around a current issue
  • Experiential learning through interactions with key officials
  • Group task assignments
  • Develop and deliver a presentation to inform and persuade

If you have questions please contact Bill Sischo
Washington State University