cod. 1004005

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Economia ed estimo rurale (AGR/01)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
56 hours
of face-to-face activities
8 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

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.


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Course unit content

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.

Full programme

1. Characteristics of agri-food products
2. Systems, sectors, agri-food chains
3. The dynamics of the added value in the agri-food system
4. Food consumption trends and drivers
5. Coordination mechanisms in the Agro-food chains
6. Institutional politics
7. Food safety: economics and politics
8. Food quality products: brands, labels and certification



Teaching methods

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. Case studies classes are also kept by business managers.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination.
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.

Other information

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