Local Policies at the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security
Adapting to climate change through water policy for food security
September 22-24, 2014
Climate Change, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security - the Science, Politics, and Beliefs of the Policies at Their Interface.
William Sischo (WSU), Mandy Murray (UCD), Jonna Mazet (UCD)
- 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Jonna Mazet