LOJK10292U Agricultural Value Chains in Developing Countries
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
MSc Programme in Agricultural Economics
MSc Programme in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)
Development of the agricultural sector is recognized as an important factor in the economic growth of most developing countries. As a consequence of the increasing globalization and internationalization of markets, farmers and agribusiness enterprises in developing countries are becoming increasingly integrated in global value chains. The recognition of the importance of the agricultural sector, including agribusinesses, has led to a growing interest among governments and development agencies in supporting business development and integration of farmers in markets. Local farmers and agribusinesses are offered new opportunities by increasing urbanization and globalization; however, participating in local as well as global markets is not without challenges as farmers are often faced with many institutional and economic barriers.
Professionals working in the agricultural sector need to understand the inherent complexity of agriculture-based value chains and the dynamic interaction among different types of actors. In this course we aim to provide the participants with knowledge and skills to analyze agricultural value chain development in developing countries. The course will address the following main topics:
Development and the nature and role of the agricultural sector in developing economies and development
Different concepts of agricultural value chains
Different value chain analysis approaches for value chain development and research
Value-chain trade-related issues such as value addition, value distribution, transaction cost, and innovation and upgrading
Value-chain management-related issues such as chain governance, institutional setting and enabling environment, the roles of civil society, private sector and the State, contract farming
Value chain intervention from different actors including NGOs, and businesses (e.g. international traders, wholesalers and retailers)
Strategies for enhancing smallholders’ access to markets including different types of social and commercial organization, such as associations, partnerships and outgrowing schemes
Gender, environment and poverty in the agriculture and agribusiness development
Value-chain research methodology
By focusing on agricultural value chains analysis, the course will target students that want to obtain an understanding of the mechanisms regulating agribusiness in developing countries. The process will include mapping and characterizing agricultural-based value chain, barriers to entry, value added and distribution, upgrading rents, chains governances and critical factors in the enabling environment. The course will be useful for professionals working in international agricultural development organizations, donor organizations, public agencies, national extension services, agribusiness development services, and private agribusiness enterprises.
After completing the course the students should be able to:
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, made during the blockOral examination, 30 minutesThe group project written report is based on the group work must be handed in before the oral exam. The group project report will be assessed and marked before the oral exam. In the oral exam, each student has a maximum of 30 minutes available. During the oral examination the student will be asked to elaborate and discuss specific issues related to the group project. The final grade is calculated as an average of the grading of the Group project report (50%) and of the oral exam (50%). Students pass if the average grade is passed.
- Exam registration requirements
Participation in the group project’s presentation and report writing is compulsory in order to attend the oral exam.
- Without aids
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
For the students who took part and fulfil their tasks in relation to conducting group project and report writing, the oral exam format will be applied. For who did not fulfil the given tasks, the student will be asked to write and submit an individual assignment report based on group project, and attend the oral exam.
Criteria for exam assesment
Fullfilment of Learning Outcome is required to obtain the grade
- Theory exercises
- Project work