Master of Science in Climate Change and Food Security (MSCCFS)
Duration: 2 years
Globally, the climate is changing and developing countries are most vulnerable with limited capacity to cope up with the associated challenges. Climate change is associated with crop failure and insufficient food supply to the global demands. Sub Saharan Africa has degraded soils and produces less food and does not meet the nutritional demands of the populations in the region (World Bank, 2013). Research projects suggest that food production must increase by 70–100 percent by 2050 to meet the demands of a world with 9 billion people and changing diets (Godfray et al., 2010).
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025 call on all countries and stakeholders to act together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030 (FAO IFAD UNICEF, 2017). East Africa is one of the most affected regions affected by climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity resulting from limited capacity to put in place mitigation measures. Therefore equipping graduates with relevant competences in climate change and food security will foster sustainable development in the region.
- To produce an increasing number of graduates with the practical skills and tools for developing agricultural and agri-food systems, policies and measures for addressing the increasing challenge of global warming on agriculture and food security worldwide.
- To create a balanced growth and development through facilitating integrated agri-food systems; and climatic change resilient crops.
- To promote a future Natural Earth by reducing climatic change/variability.
- Conduct research and training programs in climate change management, food security, biodiversity conservation, nutrition and health of the people for different stakeholders.
Programme Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Explaining the climate change processes, issues and food security practices.
- Focal coordinators among stakeholders, managers and policymakers, in addressing climate change, conservationists and food security risks.
- Professionals such as climate change analysts; climate change forecasters and educators, agricultural system managers and experts in implementing projects in agriculture and food security management
Programme Entry Requirements
Admission is open to all persons with a good first degree in Environment, Tourism, Geography, agriculture and applied sciences. Preference will be given to those in full or part-time employment, but there will be ample room for new graduates.
Entry requirements are as follows:
- At least a second-class honors degree in a relevant subject, e.g. Biological sciences, environmental sciences, Geography, agriculture or
- At least a Second-class honors degree in other fields plus a minimum of one-year relevant experience in agro-based food industries; environmental organizations, conservation projects or related work.
Also, read the general entry requirements
Student Performance Assessment:
Each course unit under this program is assessed in two parts:
- Course work. This consists of a minimum of one course work, one supervised test and an extended essay, which contributes to 40% of the final score.
- The University examination contributes 60% of the total marks.
Research is be supervised and assessed under the guidance of internal and external supervisors and the student will graduate after fulfilling the requirements of both internal and external supervisors. Research will not be graded, but an indication as to whether it is satisfactory and accepted will be shown.
Grading and Classification of Awards
|Score||Grade||Grade point||Cumulative grade point average||Explanation|
|80 – 100
75 – 79
|4.40 – 5.0||Excellent|
|70 – 74||B||4.0||3.60 – 4.39||Very good|
|60 – 69||C||3.5||2.80 – 3.59||Good|
|0 – 59||F||0 – 2.5||0.0 – 2.79||failure|