Environment and Society in a Changing World

Written Assignment 3: Development and Agriculture


This Written Assignment requires you to  write  a clear, well-organized paper which answers the questions of this assignment and demonstrates that you have read the material in the modules.

First, you will review the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, focusing particularly on Goal Number Two ( In the context of these goals, you will then examine how COVID-19 impacts food security in two different countries—the United States and a country of your choosing in Africa or South Asia. Next, you will research and write a 500-700 word essay examining how COVID-19 impacts food security in these two countries.

First and foremost, we are grading your comprehension of the course material. If you do not demonstrate that you have read and understood the content from the modules, you will not receive a good grade. To get a good grade, you must show me that you have read and understood the content in the modules we have looked at so far.

Second, we are grading for critical thinking and analysis. How well do you form and support your arguments with evidence from the course material or external sources?

Third, we are grading for the mechanics - proper grammar, well-written paragraphs, answering all the questions, correct formatting of sources (if you use external sources, please use the  Chicago Style or APA to cite).

Written Assignment Instructions

First, review this summary graphic listing all seventeen of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals:

Second, look more closely at Goal Number Two: "Zero Hunger," and how it is being impacted by COVID-19, by reading this document, specifically paragraphs 20 - 31:

In reading this document, you will research how COVID-19 impacts the U.S. and one other country, making sure to gather information that can help you answer the questions listed below.

Now, write a 500-750 word paper responding to the following questions.

  1. How does Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number Two (Zero Hunger) fit with your understanding of development from the course material?
  2. How does COVID-19 impact food security in the two countries you have researched? How do the problems of access differ between your two countries?
  3. How do the similarities and differences in food security and food access in these two countries impact the way you think about development?

You must engage at least three course concepts in your paper. Remember, engaging a course concept means defining that concept and explaining how it helps you think about the theme of your paper. Please bold the concepts you engage in your response.

Review the grading rubric before completing your assignment.