Understanding the Italian and international lagricultural system, both with a supply chain and sectorial perspective. In particular, the course aims to:
- develop the knowledge of issues concerning the role of agricultural system in the economic development, the characteristics of the demand and supply of agricultural products, the functioning and organization of the agri-food system and the companies involved;
- deepen the theoretical and operational implications deriving from the presence of market failures (externalities / public goods, transaction costs and information asymmetry);
- provide the tools to understand current agricultural policies on international markets and the role of the agri-food system in environmental conservation, sustainability, promotion of rural and territorial development, and health protection.
The expected learning outcomes are:
1) Knowledge and understanding: knowledge of the organization of the agri-food system of the demand and supply of agricultural products, of the trade balances; knowledge of the main pillars of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and current frame of the agricultural support and rural development policies.
2) Application skills: apply the principles of calculations of the trade balances; apply the organizational knowledge of the agri-food system to real case studies; apply the financing policies of agriculture and rural development to case studies.
3) Independent judgment: evaluation and interpretation of simple models of demand and supply, and trade balances; critical use of data from scientific literature; evaluation of teaching.
4) Communication skills: written and oral communication through the scientifically correct vocabulary of the subject; ability to present, transmit and disseminate information on topics related to agricultural products; ability to communicate with experts or non-experts in the agricultural production sector, and when initiated to work to superiors and / or customers; ability to communicate and collaborate in working groups.
5) Ability to learn: ability to consult bibliographic material, databases relating to agricultural products (including international market data) and agricultural policy tools; ability to critically consult specific websites (e.g. https://www.clal.it/, https://teseo.clal.it/, etc.); ability to participate in seminars and training study days.