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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Addressing Global Food Security

Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Environment, Health, Language Arts & Literature, Science, Social Studies & Geography

Students will investigate the issue of food security, exploring the components of food availability, food access, and food utilization on local, national, and global levels. Students will also learn about how Peace Corps Volunteers are working with communities to address food security issues. After conducting this initial research, students will organize a food security forum, either inviting expert panelists to participate in an interactive discussion, or taking the roles of expert panelists themselves. Finally, students will reflect on present and future food security challenges and potential solutions.

More about how Peace Corps Volunteers address global issues:

Peace Corps - What do Volunteers do? - Food Security
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the three components of food security: food availability, food access, and food utilization
  •  Students will articulate how environmental, political, and social factors may affect food security
  •  Students will describe food security issues and possible solutions on local, national, and international levels
  •  Students will invite diverse perspectives into conversations on food security
  • Students will ask thoughtful questions about food security





  • Student access to computers with Internet and audio 


1.  Introduce the term food security . If students are familiar, have them discuss what they know about it. If students are unfamiliar, have them discuss what they think it means. Introduce the definition of food security: Having, at all times, both physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life. Talk about how this is like and unlike their definitions of hunger. Who in their community and in the world do they think are most affected by food security challenges?

2.  Explain to students that they will be engaging in a WebQuest, in which they will investigate food security locally, nationally, and globally, including how Peace Corps Volunteers are addressing the issue in communities around the world. If students are unfamiliar with Peace Corps, view the video A Legacy of Service . Explain that students will apply their WebQuest research to organize a live food security forum in which they will invite expert panelists, or a mock food security forum in which they will play the role of expert panelists (format may depend on time, feasibility, or student and teacher preference).

3.  In the computer lab, direct students to the Addressing Global Food Security WebQuest. On the Student Page, read the Introduction and Task sections together, demonstrating how to navigate through the WebQuest and collect information requested on the data collection sheet.

4.  Allow time for students to work on the WebQuest independently, in pairs, or in small groups. Provide assistance to students as needed during their work time.

5.  Once all student groups have completed the Planning Your Food Security Forum section within Procedures come together as a class to complete the section Conducting Your Food Security Forum , using either the live forum option or the mock forum option.

6.  Use evidence from students' data collection sheets and performance in conducting the food security forum to evaluate students work in the Evaluation section.

7.  Use the questions in the Conclusion section of the WebQuest to guide a class discussion, or ask for students' verbal or written reflections.

8.  To engage students in further interdisciplinary exploration, see the teaching suggestions listed in Investigating Food Security. 

Frameworks & Standards

Enduring understandings
  • Food security is a complex global issue influenced by political, environmental, and social factors
  • Understanding current trends in food security can help us make decisions for the future
  • Global and community-based cooperation is necessary for improving food security
Essential Questions
  • What is food security?
  • How does food security impact people’s lives?
  • What can we do to improve food security in our community, our country, and our world?

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

  • Speaking and Listening
    • Comprehension and collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies
    • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

National Science Education Standards

  • Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

  • Thematic Strand IX: Global Connections
    • Use maps, charts, and databases to explore patterns and predict trends regarding global connections at the community, state, or national level
    • Explore the causes, consequences, and possible solutions related to persistent, current, and emerging global issues 
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