Animal Health & Food Security Policy

National Animal Health and Food Security Policy

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

Washington DC, March 27-31, 2017


Policies for managing risk in food systems from climate variability


William Sischo (WSU)

Learning objectives

  • Decipher the relationship between the policy-making process and laws related to food security, risk in agriculture, and animal agricultural systems.
  • Describe the relative roles that legislatures, executive agencies, non-governmental agencies, and professional and trade organizations have on national 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.

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

  • Explain the legal authorities of a National government as it relates to food security.
  • 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
Washington State University