The current status of the agriculture sector is not so much the result of misguided intention, but more of system failure. Our supply chains are long and not always transparent. Our global markets are designed to go for the lowest price, irrespective of the longer-term consequences for the stakeholders involved.
Besides creating mainstream market demand as a driver for change, support services need to be structurally strengthened and rebuilt, national government policies need to be reformed and financial institutions need to learn to look at agriculture as a business opportunity and invest in its modernization.
Transformation of the current system and, in the meantime, Innovation in the current chains and businesses are necessary and taking place.
The fourth year program aims to deepen professional knowledge, skills and attitude as well as expand a student’s professional network. In this minor students further investigate production chains and come up with ideas for improvement: ideas that enhance both sustainability and business. The module sheds light on the innovation process and on the transformation into a new system. Students are also stimulated to enlarge their professional network.
The Minor is divided into four main topics:
After successful completion, the student is able to: