The course aims to provide students with basic knowledge of: 1. the agri food systems and agri food chains; 2. the methodological tools for the interpretation of the topics under analysis. At the end of the lectures, students will be able to analyse the agri food chains, the dynamics and main issues of present agri food systems that are facing an increasing competitive pressure in a globalized market.
Course contents summary
The agri food chains are very heterogeneous and rapidly changing.
They can be classified according to several variables: structural characteristics, strategic behaviour of the firms, distribution channels and final market.
The first part of the course is focused on the characteristics of the agri food systems and agri food market and proposes some theory and methodological approaches for the supply chain analysis.
The second part analyses some supply chains and the strategic behaviours of the actors.
The first part of the course consists of lectures. The second part provides group works that allow students to test knowledge acquired in the first part.
Assessment methods and criteria
Knowledge and understanding will be assessed with open-ended questions, in a number depending on the contents. Same rank to each question.
Applying knowledge and understanding will be assessed by asking the student with the interpretation of empirical evidences, data etc.