At the end of the course students will have acquired the knowledge to understand the market environment in which a food chain enterprise operates. The workshop is organized around the following themes:
• agrifood system and supply chain;
• food consumption of households;
• the Supply-Demand Sheet and the foreign trade;
• the prices of agrifood products on the domestic and international markets.
Information available on key issues on internet will be identified and interpreted under the guidance of the instructor.
A detailed syllabus with allocation of time to specific topics will be provided at the beginning of the course. This calendar is for planning purpose only and is tentative, actual allocation of time will depend on the overall class progress.
The instructor may make adjustment as necessary: please check the teacher’s website for announcements, additional readings and resources.
On the basis of the topics, the student will be able to apply the knowledge gained in taking management decisions in a food company in any functional area. His/her sphere of action will range from market research initiatives to improving economic efficiency, including the supply of raw materials.
After completing the course, the student will have the critical skills to address the agrifood business in a broader perspective than purely operational, and will have full understanding of supply chain dynamics.
Communication skills developed will allow him/her to use appropriate terms and to know how to work in groups in order to interact at the various functional levels pf a business organization.
The study method is "learning by doing" through team or individual work to master the sources of statistics and information on the food system, with particular reference to the key issues. Three major topics (food consumption, Supply-Demand Sheet and foodstuff prices) will be addressed from a theoretical and general point of view and will also be the subject of in-depth operational analysis. In particular, following the directions of the teacher, the quantitative information and statistics available on the web will be identified and elaborated for use in group or individual work.
This activity is aimed at enhancing the ability to learn by applying a logical method to identifying problems and stimulating a critical evaluation of the solutions adopted.