Agri-food policy and environmental sustainability

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to: i) illustrate the main elements of economic theory for the interpretation of market failures associated with the sustainability of the agri-food system; ii) to analyze the main EU policies for agro-food safety and quality; iii) analyze the main international policies for the environmental sustainability of agri-value chains.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have knowledge: i) on the economic problems associated with the sustainability of agro-food chains; ii) on the policies for the environmental sustainability of agri-food chains.
The student will have skills to correctly interpret the economic processes linked to the sustainability of food value chains and the implications of different sustainability policies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester

Teaching methods:
Synchronous online lessons will be made available. The lessons will be carried out using the Zoom platform with complete registration, to allow them to be used both in synchronous and asynchronous mode for students not present in the classroom.
The procedures and criteria for participating in face-to-face lessons, which require a reservation with a special app, will be published in time on the Ariel pages of the course, as well as all the above material and notices relating to any update related to the evolution of the legislation imposed by Covid-19.

Reference materials:
The program and reference material will not change.

Methods of verifying learning and evaluation criteria:
The face-to-face examination consists of an oral test.
Remote exams will be carried out with the use of the Zoom platform.
Course syllabus
Part one: Market analysis
· market failures and public intervention
Part two: Agro-food policies
· economic problems of nutritional labeling
· economic analysis of food safety
· Community policy on food safety
· the economic analysis of traceability and the effects on the vertical organization of the supply chain
· economic analysis of food quality and related Community policy.
Part three: Policies for environmental sustainability
· problems of environmental sustainability of the agro-food chains
· European and global policies for the environmental sustainability of the agri-food sector
· analysis of the tools to promote the environmental sustainability of the agro-food chains
· analysis of the links between environmental sustainability and quality and food safety.
· analysis of the impacts on the supply chain of environmental sustainability initiatives by agro-food businesses.
Prerequisites for admission
no prerequisites
Teaching methods
Traditional lessons
Teaching Resources
Slides of the lessons and other material provided by the teachers. Everything is regularly updated on the Ariel platform and everything is available to students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam
Lessons: 48 hours