Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2015/2016
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Location: 
Napoli
Disciplinary sector: 
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL (AGR/01)
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
2
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

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Course description

The course aims to provide students the analytical skills necessary to investigate the development strategies of the agro-industrial systems oriented to economic, environmental, social and territorial sustainability. The course will also provide students the analytical tools needed to assess the potential contribution that agro-industrial companies could provide to overcome the major challenges related to the process of sustainable growth.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge for the analysis of the food system organization and for the demand analysis.

Syllabus

Topics covered during the course can be divided into four main thematic areas:
1) Agri-food companies and local system competitiveness, with specific reference to the analysis of the main theoretical models for the study of local food systems and their competitive advantages;
2) Agri-food companies and sustainability of natural resources, with specific reference to the analysis of the challenges derived from climate change, energy conservation and biodiversity protection, and a review of possible strategies with which agribusiness can contribute to their mitigation (e.g. organic and environmentally friendly agriculture; agro-energy, etc.).
3) Agri-food companies and social sustainability, with reference to the tools and policies to support quality, safety and healthiness of food products, analyzing also the interventions to promote the adoption of sustainable diets and to reduce food waste;
4) Agri-food companies and economic sustainability, with reference to strategies and policies supporting the multifunctionality of farms and diversification of their business, but also to new forms of marketing that are emerging on the agri-food markets (farmers' market; GAS; schemes box ; e-commerce).

Teaching Methods

Textbooks

Cesaretti, Scarpato (2010). Politiche Integrate per uno sviluppo competitivo sostenibile dell'agroalimentare. Franco Angeli, Milano
Further teaching notes will be provided on University elearning platform.

Learning assessment

The course is organized in traditional lectures and analysis of case studies selected by the teacher. In addition, further readings will be available through the e-learning platform of the University.

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