ECONOMICS OF AGRI FOOD CHAINS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
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.
Basic knowledge of microeconomics.
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.
1. Introductive concepts and definitions for the agri food systems and chains
2. Agri-food systems and consumer behaviour analysis
3. Coordination mechanisms in the agro-food chains
4. Institutional politics
5. Quality schemes products: brands, labels and certification
Menozzi D. (2018) Economia del sistema agroalimentare. Università di Parma, III edizione
- Knowledge will be transfered through lectures and classes kept by business managers.
- Ability to apply analytical methods will be provided with group works.
- Ability of making judgment will be encouraged by group works and discussion in the class.
- Learning skills: group works and case studies will stimulate students to propose solutions.
- Technical language: students will be provided with technical language commonly used in the analysis of supply chains and agri-food systems.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written test. The test consists of 15 questions. Ten multiple choice questions (each correct answer is worth 1 point) and five constructed-response questions, scored upon a 0-4 point scale (each correct answer is worth four points; no or wrong answer is worth zero points, incomplete or partially correct answer is worth one or two points). Three questions are asked for each teaching module. The final mark is upon a 18- 30 point scale.
One interim written test is used (not mandatory). The interim test consists of five multiple-choice questions and three constructed – response questions. The end of course test consists of five multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. The final mark is given by the mean of the interim test mark and the end of course test mark. The scoring system is the same as the one above mentioned. Upon request, students can take a supplementary oral exam, once passed the written test (s).