ECONOMICS OF AGRI-FOOD NETWORKS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to achieve the following objectives regarding:
to. Knowledge and understanding: The course aims to provide the students with the main interpretive and managerial keys of the agro-food chains and networks.
b. Ability to Apply Knowledge and Understanding Students will be able to develop policies to enhance the agro-food chains by using typical tools of network management policies for both consumers and producers, and will be able to manage quality
c. Judgment autonomy. Gkli students will be able to develop levels of analysis and independent assessment of the problems affecting the agro-food chains
d. Communicative Skills: Students will develop language skills through teamwork development and case study analysis.
is. Learning Ability The study method provided includes frontal lesson times, group work, individual analysis, discussion of topics addressed in the classroom
it is advisable to have the following lessons learned:
- business economy,
Course contents summary
The topics addressed will be developed in two sections. The first section will cover the specificities of the agro-food sector in Developed and Developing Countries, consumer behaviour in the variation of food income and market prices (Demand Curve, Complementarity between Goods, Engel Law) the quality according to the Lancaster model, the formulation of surveys aimed at assessing the quality of goods and the willingness to pay consumers. The second section deals with the characteristics of the agro-food chains, the principles of management and coordination of food chains and networks, quality management in food production through organizational and legislative aspects, associative forms in agriculture and the agri-food system, the role of certification .
• Food Consumption dynamics in Developed Countries
• Food consumption dynamics in developing countries
• The food production model in developed society
• The market failure conditions in the agri-food markets
• the consumer's behaviours in terms of income variation and quality policies
• The role of quality and theoretical interpretative models
• Marketing intelligence
• Food chains structure and management
• The Global Value Chain of the agri-food industry
• The territorial role in agri-food policies
• From chains to networks in the agri-food industry
• Agro-food network management policies
• Professional agreements
• Certification of foodstuffs: cogent and voluntary standards
• Food safety and environmental protection policies
• Food policy: evolution and politics
• Risk management in agri-food systems
• Typical food productions: regulatory, organizational and environmental aspects
Teaching materials provided by the instructor, available from the printing office and on the dedicated facility on the Elly platform.
It is reccomanded the use of the folling textbook.
- Fischer C, Hartman M., (2010), Agri-food Chain Relationships.
Wallingford, Oxford and Cambridge, Massachusetts: CAB International
Acquisition of knowledge: frontal lessons, seminars and study visits
Acquiring the ability to apply knowledge: exercises and
Acquisition of judgment autonomy: During the course students have to develop their own ability to analyze and judge
Assessment methods and criteria
Learning methods will be evaluated by:
- individual written examination
- individual oral examination
- evaluation of a group work
Group work will be evaluated 5 points overall
Knowledge will be ascertained with 3 open questions that will come
valued up to 7 points each
The autonomy of judgment and the ability to learn will be verified with open questions
The first section will be given by Prof. Mario Veneziani
The second section will be given by Prof. Filippo Arfini