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Disaster Resilience Leadership Summer Institute

The Tulane University's DRLA is proud to offer three Summer Institute courses in Italy in Summer 2014.

NOTE: These are graduate level offerings. Anyone applying for these courses, except Tulane Graduate Students, must show proof of successful completion of an Undergraduate degree.


Italy is home to United Nations food security agencies and important international organizations and institutions:

      • UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (Rome)
      • UN World Food Programme (Rome)
      • UN International Fund for Agriculture and Development (Rome)
      • UN Humanitarian Response Depot (Brindisi)
      • European Food Safety Agency (Parma)
      • UN International Labor Organisation Training Center (Turin)
      • Slow Food International (Bra)
      • UNICEF Innocenti Research Center (Florence)

Three courses are offered that present essential elements of Food Security policy and programming. By taking these courses, students will broaden their understanding of food systems, issues of food availability, access and utilization, and the role of international organizations in strengthening Food Security

DRLA partners with these organisations to provide students the opportunity to study current food security policy and practices and then discuss emergent issues with the foremost experts in the field.

In summer 2014, as part of the DRLA Food Security Summer Institute, the following three courses are offered:

(i) May 19th-31st, 2014
DRLS 6710: Food Security Information Systems and Logistics

The United Nations' World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian organization in the world and the logistics leader for the UN system. The innovative UN Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC) was established by the Interagency Standing Committee and then hosted at WFP. A number of pioneering efforts in food security information systems began at the UN Rome-based agencies. The Food and Agriculture Organization is the UN agency tasked with collecting and sharing global food security related statistics and is home to a number of early warning initiatives covering threats such as drought, locusts, market shocks, and natural disasters. WFP, with its operational mandate, is a leader in preparedness and contingency planning. The UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi is an excellent example of UN and civil society coordination. Beginning as a joint project of WFP, World Vision International, INTERSOS, and the Red Cross, the center has grown to serve the pre-positioning and immediate transport requirements of more than 40 emergency response organizations. 

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to interact with logistics and information systems experts from the UN and international civil society. Learning is reinforced by field visits to the organizations and the UNHRD where students can see the logistics and information systems sup-porting ongoing responses around the world.

(ii) June 9th -20th , 2014
DRLS 6720: Food Security and Food Aid in Humanitarian Context

Food aid continues to be the single largest component of international humanitarian response activities. Lingering protracted humanitarian crises place an enormous strain the humanitarian system, and it has become clear that more effort must be put into building resiliency and lasting food security. At the same time, recent food price volatility has grabbed the attention of world leaders, and food security has become a top priority for multilateral organizations and bilateral donors. When it comes to food security, key decisions are being made and solutions are being found at the Rome-based agencies of the United Nations in partnership with diplomatic missions and international civil society present in Italy.

This course offers students unique opportunity to compliment lectures, readings, and lab work with generous opportunities to interact with professionals from UN Agencies and international civil society. Guest lectures by experts and field visits to the principle UN Agencies are an important part of the course.

(iii) June 23rd-July 4th, 2014
DRLS 6730: Food Security and Resilience

Resiliency--the capacity for communities and house-holds to prevent, mitigate and recover from disasters and crisis --is increasingly recognized as both a policy goal and key outcome of development and hu-manitarian programs to ensure food security. Rome is home to the United Nation's food security organiza-tions; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Since the 2008 Food Price Crisis, these agencies have been working together to improve food security of their member nations based on a strategy referred to as the 'Twin track approach to food security' that address immediate emergency food needs and at the same time address underlying causes of food insecurity. The concept and application of 'resiliency' is key to linking these approaches and essential for building sustainable food security in the long term. 

This course will examine the impact of disaster and crisis on food security and nutrition outcomes and the role of policy and programs in enhancing the ability of communities and households to manage food security related risk. Students in the course will spend the first 10-days of the course in studying core elements of food security resiliency in lectures, guest lectures, seminar format and a practical policy/program review activity. FAO's new 5-year strategic plan includes a strategic objective on resilience and during the final days of the course students will be able to visit FAO and discuss concepts from the course with the foremost experts in the field.

The courses in Italy are realised with the collaboration of cultural organisation Punti di Vista and held in the ancient former Franciscan Convent S.Maria del Giglio in Bolsena [], in the very center of Italy, at the junction of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, about 70 miles north of Rome.

For course related questions, please contact Ms. Ariane Wiltse at 




To Apply:

In order to attend any of the DRL Summer Institute courses, the DRLA will disseminate additional information in the near future. 

Please note, the format of registration is unique as compared to regular Fall/Spring/Summer courses, in that, a limited number of students are admitted into the Summer Institute program (based on application review by the Faculty Steering Committee) and will be added to the course directly by the department. Accordingly, although there will be a deadline for application submission, once this has been announced, we suggest that students apply as soon as possible in order to expedite the process of being added to the course.

Further, all course offerings are subject to minimum course enrollment.

For any questions, please contact the DRLA at

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