Specificity of the agricultural production processes, sector and enterprise. Demand, supply and market of agri-food products.
Agri-food system: consumption, industry and distribution. Horizontal and vertical coordination. Supply chain analysis.
Quality and safety of agri-food products: standards, certification and quality signs.
Diversification and multifunctionality.
STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING THE CLASS: course materials available on the
STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CLASS: class notes, powerpoint presentations
and and papers distributed during the course.
Learning Objectives - Last name/s M-Z
Skills acquired at the end of the course: Ability to analyze, interpretate and describe the evolutive characteristics and dynamics of the agriculture
and agri-food system in the light of the evolution of agricultural policies and rural development.
Ability to analyze different forms of quality management of agri-food products.
Ability to critically analyze the structural features, inter-firm relationships and mechanisms of regulation and public support of sectors and production chains.
Prerequisites - Last name/s M-Z
SUGGESTED PREREQUISITES: basic understanding of economics and
management. Teachnig courses containing prerequisites are: Economia
aziendale I; Economia I (microeconomia); Economia e gestione delle
Teaching Methods - Last name/s M-Z
Structured lectures: 42 hours.
Laboratories and exercises: 2 hours.
Seminars: 4 hours.
During the course, students will perform some exercises that contribute to the final mark.
Further information - Last name/s M-Z
The course is held in the second semester at the Polo delle Scienze
The course is divided by letter (letters A-L: Prof. Giovanni Belletti, letters
M-Z: Prof. Andrea Marescotti).
Type of Assessment - Last name/s M-Z
STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING THE CLASS: Written exam (10 closed-ended questions and 6 open-ended questions). Duration 60 minutes.
STUDENTS ATTENDING THE CLASS: The overall grade for the course is based on the end-of-year written examination (10 closed-ended questions
and 5 open questions) plus short exercises to be handed in during the year (maximum 4 additional points to the final mark).
Course program - Last name/s M-Z
1) The specificities of agriculture.
Characteristics of agricultural production processes and of the structure
of the agricultural sector. Agricultural and agri-business: structural
features and operational aspects. The specifics of agriculture and the
formation of prices on the market. Analysis of supply, demand and
market of agri-food products.
2) The agro-food system.
Changes in agriculture and rural areas. Diversification and
multifunctionality. Modernization of the agricultural sector. The margins
of distribution. Evolution of agricultural policies of the European Union.
The agri-food system in its components: consumption, agro-food
processing industry, final distribution. Wholesale and traditional markets.
Horizontal and vertical coordination. The cooperative enterprise,
producer organizations, interprofessional agreements. Vertical
coordination and transaction cost theory. Vertical integration contracts,
Supply chain analysis.
3) Quality, diversification and multifunctionality.
Quality and safety of agri-food products; Quality standards and
certification; Quality signs. Typical products and protection of
geographical indications. The multifunctional farm. The short food supply