The master’s in Human Development and Food Security I Level aims to meet the need in the world of co-operation in development
and humanitarian aid, for professional analysts with technical
expertise that can be used in the wide and interdisciplinary
concept of human development.
Its main objective is not only to teach ways of analysing and
understanding the problems associated with poverty and food
to provide students with a real “tool box” that
can be used in different professional situations and
socio-economical, political and environmental contexts.
The idea behind the course is to train professional people who:
are capable of understanding and analysing a lack of
capabilities at a local level (using both a quantitative
statistical and a qualitative socio-economic approach) with a
particular emphasis on food security
possess the necessary tools for fighting poverty and food
insecurity and are capable of taking concrete action of a
predominantly socio-economic nature that aims at sustainable
are capable of formulating specific input for political
decision-makers so that integrated and effective emergency
and development plans can be defined.
Participants in the master's in Human Development and Food
Security I Level will learn techniques that they can use to
conceive, design, advise, plan and implement measures that will
minimize the negative effects of a nonexistent or incomplete
strategy for human development. It will focus on measures that
tackle the problems associated with poverty and food insecurity.
The master’s degree offers its participants a professional profile
with a wide range of opportunities and skills. Participants can be
employed by national and international non-governmental
organizations (NGOs), public administration, local authorities,
companies involved in activities in countries of low human
development, international organizations, (United Nations
Agencies, the European Union, OECD, etc.) and publishing. Some
professional profiles are listed below:
Analysing, describing and monitoring the causes of poverty and
its embeddings in social, economic and environmental contexts
using up-to-date methods with a high level of disaggregation
(communities, households, and intrahouseholds).
Organizing surveys using participatory methods and qualitative
and quantitative analysis statistical analysis.
Policy Advisor, Project Designer, Project Manager/Assistant,
advisor to local authorities for decentralized development
Offering advice and advocacy strategies when defining policies
that are in line with the organizer’s mandate and committed to
the fight against poverty and the promotion of human
Mediating and negotiating with partners (donors, local
governments and authorities, communities)
Performing activities related to decentralized development
cooperation in a professional manner
Defining suitable local intervention committed to tackling and
eliminating poverty and malnutrition (food aid, rural finance,
microcredit, fair trade, etc.)
Information officer, specialist journalist
master’s is not a professional journalist’s qualification dictated
by membership of a national register of journalists in Italy but
allows participants to specialize in a specific area.