AGRI-FOOD ECONOMICS (Environment and Agricultural Ecosystems)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at achieving the following goals:
a. Knowledge and understanding skills. The course aims to provide the main interpretive and managerial keys for planning agricultural and agro-food corporate policy
b. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Students understand the characteristics of agricultural processes, organizational arrangements taking into account the constraints and policies to come to plan production organization and evaluate the economic effects of innovations.
c. Judgment autonomy. The main issues that students will be able to deal with will be the management of agricultural and agro-food production processes by providing economic and management judgments.
d. Communicative Skills. Development of communication and communication skills in stakeholder relations
e. Ability to learn. The study method provided includes lecture lessons, group work, individual analysis, discussion of topics addressed in class
a) Mathematical methods for economics
b) Business Economics
c) Micro Economic Aspects of Public policy
Course contents summary
The contents of the course cover the typical themes of the agrarian economy analyzed in a modern key that links the agro-food production to the bioeconomy. To this end, theoretical contents related to the economy of agricultural production, including the concepts of agro-food chain, and more operational contents are proposed to teach programming techniques through exercises.
The course aims to provide theoretical and operational elements with respect to the following topics:
a) - Principles of bioeconomics
b) - Economics of agricultural production processes
c) - Production functions
d) - The production plan in agriculture
e) - Risk and uncertainty
f) - technical progress
g) - agri-food chains
h) - the family farm unit in agriculture and in rural areas
i) - Linear programming (theory and practice)
Readings prepared by the teacher using articles and chapters in Italian and English
b) Computer exercises;
c) Working group;
d) Study visits
Assessment methods and criteria
a) Working group. Students will have to face a managerial problem by describing their results using poster (up to 3 point).
b) Written test on quantitative aspects. Exceeding the test allows access to the oral exam
c) Oral exam.