Course teached as: B028693 - AGRICULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS 3-years First Cycle Degree (DM 270/04) in ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH COOPERATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Technical and economic features of agricultural production; peasant agriculture; agricultural household models; structural change and agriculture transformation; role of agriculture in economic development; land; farm organization and agrarian contracts; credit; risk and insurance; labor and migration; food security, rural-urban migration; human capital; access to market and value chain participation; environment and climate change; investments.
de Janvry, A., and Sadoulet, E., 2016. Development Economics. Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
Norton, G.W., Alwang, J., and Masters, W.M., 2014. Economics of Agricultural Development: World Food Systems and Resource Use. London: Routledge.
Knowledge and comprehension of the determinants of agricultural and rural development in LDCs.
Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension.
The course consists of two types of activities:
a) lectures: 22 lectures of two hours each (total 44 hours), and
b) homeworks, due every other week, to be done at home either individually or in groups of no more than 4 students, on selected lecture topics.
The lecture handouts and materials can be downloaded from the Moodle platform at http://e-l.unifi.it/login/index.php. The password to access the course materials will be provided by the lecturer.
Type of Assessment
Lectures and homeworks are meant as coordinated components of the course and they jointly contribute to the student evaluation mechanism. Furthermore, the student attendance rate and participation in class discussions contribute also to the overall grade.
The evaluation mechanism for students attending the lectures is as follows:
• attendance and participation to classes (10%);
• homeworks (20%);
• final exam (written) (70%).
Non-attending students can take the exam provided that they had delivered all due homeworks at least one week before the exam session. In this case the evaluation mechanism is as follows:
• homeworks (20%);
• final exam (written) (80%).
L1 – Introduction: what is agriculture about?
• Technical features of agricultural production
• Economic characteristics of agricultural production