SDEV W3200x Global Food Systems 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Concerns about food shortages, land use, climate change and biodiversity have created an urgent need for interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and policy-makers focused on agriculture. Developing sound solutions that improve agricultural production systems in a sustainable way demands in-depth knowledge of key disciplines underpinning tropical agricultural production systems as well as a good understanding of the broader biophysical, economic and socio-cultural context. Focusing on agricultural science, including biophysical and socioeconomic factors, farming systems, technology, crop and soil management, and current policy issues in agriculture and food production, with a focus on the tropics and subtropics, this course will give key insights into how to improve environmental quality, nutrition and farmers' incomes through sustainable agricultural practices in developing countries. Recitation Section Required.