Environment and Society in a Changing World

Written Assignment 3: Development and Agriculture


This assignment  requires you to write  a clear, well-organized paper (500-750 words) which responds to the prompt provided below and demonstrates you have read the material in the modules.

First and foremost, I am grading your comprehension of the course material. To get a good grade, you must show me that you have read and understood the content from the modules we have covered so far.

Second, I am 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, I am grading for clean and quality writing. This means your paper should be well-written, thoroughly proofread, answer all parts of the prompt, and cite and format any/all sources correctly (see course Orientation for guidance on the APA style we expect you to use in this class).

Written Assignment Instructions

In this assignment, you will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted food security in two different countries—the United States and a developing country of your choosing. Start by familiarizing yourself with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing particularly on Goal 2: "Zero Hunger." Consider how Goal 2 is being impacted by COVID-19 by reading the following report of the U.N. Secretary-General, specifically paragraphs 20-31: After reviewing this report, research how COVID-19 has impacted the U.S. and one other country of your choice, making sure to gather information that can help you answer the questions listed below.

Write a 500-750 word paper responding to the following questions:

  1. How does Sustainable Development Goal #2 (Zero Hunger) fit with your understanding of development from the course material?
  2. How has COVID-19 impacted 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.