Global Food Security


Food insecurity and hunger are global issues, from urban and isolated communities in the developing world to cities in industrialized countries. Defeating hunger and food insecurity is possible, but it requires people with the knowledge and skills to take action. This major will provide you with a broad and multidisciplinary academic foundation, preparing you to work for governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as in the public and private sectors. 

This program offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge in many different areas. You will learn about issues in nutrition, agriculture, international development, resource management and environmental sciences. Enrich your learning with hands-on experiences in labs and internships.  

This major must be combined with a specialization. The recommended specialization is International Agriculture.


The multidisciplinary nature of the Global Food Security program means that you can pursue careers in a variety of fields after graduation. The knowledge and skills you gain in both the natural and social sciences will help set you apart when looking for employment. You may wish to work for the government, a non-profit, a private industry or an academic institution.  

  • Agri-business manager
  • International research and project manager 
  • Policy Analyst  
  • Researcher

Student experience

Hear it from Katja, a current student at the Global Food Security program:

"My name is Katja, and I chose to study the Global Food Security program at McGill’s Macdonald Campus. This program has allowed me to learn about agriculture, food systems, and climate change in ways that have left me feeling ready and equipped to contribute to positive change both locally and globally. The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security field course in Guatemala was one of my favorite classes and was an incredible experience that I would strongly recommend. Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture, another class I really enjoyed, offered students the opportunity to hear from experts in various fields, and showed how multidisciplinary food security really is."

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Check the full admission requirements for information about deadlines and whether supporting documents are required as part of your application. 

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