UE Code : FI-23-POL Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Master of Science / Master Food Identity

Level :

First year of the Master Food Identity

Language(s) :


Studies organization

Credits :


Semester :


Total Hours :

174.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

This course is an in depth review of the international policy studies and regulations applied to agribusiness (food industry, agriculture) and rural development. It is designed to create a comparative view on the agricultural policies applied over time in different regions of the world. The emphasis is on the European Agricultural regulations viewed in comparison with the North American (United State of America and Canada) ones. The purpose of this topic is to help participants appreciate agricultural and rural development challenges in Europe and around the world and to deliver them the skills necessary to design, implement and analyse international regulations.
- Understand the importance of the main governmental regulations related to agribusiness and food production (EU and world trade organisation);
- Assess the role of food production in the overall national and international economic sector;
- Anticipate the impact of the international food regulations on the agribusiness sector (on the entire food supply chain);
- Evaluate the effects of the current European Union food quality policy on the typical food production;
- Appreciate the localised food production business opportunities in the context of agricultural policies regulations;
Learning outcomes:
At the end, students are expected to have acquired knowledge about agricultural policy- theory and practice in the agribusiness and the rural areas. A successful student will be able to:
- identify agricultural and rural development challenges and opportunities;
- understand the agricultural policy making process;
- analyse and apply agricultural policies;

Contents :

- Strategic analysis: Understanding the why, what and how of international agricultural policies regulations
Explaining: what is an agricultural policy; why designing agricultural policies; types of agricultural policies; objectives of agricultural policies; the government role.
- The European Union
Membership and institutions; Monetary and political integration (ERM, EMU and European treaties). Current economic and political developments of the EU.
Common Agricultural Policy – objectives; instruments; results (1954 – 2003); Food quality policy – typical food certification;
- The United States of America
American Agriculture History: A Brief Look Back; Agricultural policies during the crisis years and until the second Word War II; Agricultural policies after the Second World War II and until 2003
- World Trade Organization
Understanding what is the World Trade Organization - A short look back; The Uruguay Round and the Agricultural Agreement: 2.1. Market access; 2.2. Domestic support 2.3. Export subsidies. Theory of international trade based upon comparative advantage; Tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade, customs versus free trade areas; International regulations about the typical agricultural products.
- Agricultural regulations in EU and USA – Horizon 2020
EU agricultural regulations 2007 – 2020; USA agricultural regulations 2007 – 2020; Different international trade agreements on agriculture and the localised products: Doha Round; The North American Free Trade Agreement; Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Euro-Mediterranean free trade area; Mercosur;
Rural development policy and the localised products
- The Rural Development Programs; Rural development plans in different EU member countries; Axis and measures that can support the typical food production;

Prerequisites :

BSc Science, English

Teaching methods :

Lectures, virtual Learning environment, visits, tutorial, practical work, personal work

Assessment :

Assessment will be based on:
I. At least 3 case studies individually delivered and presented by each student (50% from the final grade):
I.1. Case study 1 – Evaluate the objectives, resources and the possible outcomes of the international agricultural strategies 2014 – 2020 around the world. The students can choose different geographical areas (European Union; Nord America; South America; Africa; Australia; Russia etc).
Objectives: to understand the different level of development and the different needs in the worldwide; to see the link between the economic development, the international agricultural regulations and the localised products;
Deadline: end of week 3;
I.2. Case study 2 – Underline the main effects produced by the Common Agricultural Policy in different EU countries.
Objectives: to evaluate the outcomes of EU agricultural regulations on the agribusiness sector and the localised products (farm structure; agricultural population; main products; imports; exports; certified products etc).
Deadline: end of week 9;
I.3. Case study 3 – Evaluate the outcomes of the international agricultural agreements on the typical food products
Objectives: assess the main international agricultural agreements (World Trade Agreement on Agriculture – Uruguay and Doha Round; The North American Free Trade Agreement; Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Euro-Mediterranean free trade area; Mercosur etc)
Deadline: end of week 12;
II. 50% from the final grade a final exam.

Bibliography :

Master Food Identity

A multidisciplinary programme which trains future executives in the agri-food sector with an international vision of culture, regulation, entrepreneurship, market analysis and competences in food processing, authentication, sensory analysis, quality control and marketing strategy. The joint MSc programme is designed to develop both technical and commercial skills through a curriculum focusing on local and traditional food products through teaching and learning in 4 countries (France, Italy, Romania and Spain). The course combines theory with practical perspectives gained through practical work in pilot plants, visits to production sites and to retailers. This path gives all the essential ingredients for a successful development and it incorporates marketing of local and traditional food products to the global market.
The complete syllabus is not available yet. You will find the description of the 1st semester of the 1st year of Master that takes place in ESA, Angers. For any further information about the other semesters, please take contact with Philippe MONGONDRY