Animal Health & Food Security Policy

Local Policies at the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security

Adapting to climate change through water policy for food security

September, 2015

Sacramento CA


Climate Change, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security - the Science, Politics, and Beliefs of the Policies at Their Interface. 


William Sischo (WSU), Jonna Mazet (UCD), Terra Kelly (UCD), Nistara Randhawa (UCD)

Learning objectives

  • Decipher the relationship between the policy-making process and laws and regulations related to food security, climate change, and animal health. (For example, what is the policy implication of legislation versus regulation?)
  • Describe the relative roles that legislatures, executive agencies, non-governmental agencies, and professional and trade organizations have on local policy formulation.
  • Distinguish various policy implementation strategies: executive directives, political priorities, legislative and executive strategic planning, operational goal-setting, budget allocation, and dispute resolution.
  • Differentiate among scientific findings, personal and organizational beliefs, and political agendas as policy is implemented.
  • Define California's approach to policy for food security, animal agriculture, and climate change.
  • Define California's 'policy' for the intersection of climate change, animal agriculture and food security. 

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

  • Explain the legal authorities of a state or local government as it relates to food security, climate change, and animal health.
  • 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
  • Develop and deliver a policy brief

For more information about these programs contact Bill Sischo ( or Jonna Mazet
Washington State University