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Agri-food Economics

University of Florence - LM: Design of Sustainable Tourism Systems - Code: B019356; CFU: 6  

   Last update: 2nd September 2023

Contents in short


Basics of agricultural economics. Supply, demand, and markets. The specificities of agriculture

The evolution of agriculture: from productivism to multifunctionality

The agribusiness. Processing, distribution, consumption

The Common Agricultural Policy and its evolution.

Food quality, typical products, short food supply-chain.

Food tourism.







- 14th December 2023 h.14.00 (room D5/0.02)

- 8th January 2024 h.14.00 (room D4/1.13)

- 13th February 2024 h.14.00 (room D5/0.02)

- 4th June 2024 h.14.00 (room D4/0.01)

- 21st June 2024 h.11.00 (room C9/0.02)

- 12th July 2024 h.14.00 (room D4/0.01)

- 3rd September 2024 h.14.00 (room D4/0.01)


Registration to the exam

All students must be registered on Moodle platform, course Agrifood Economics (no password required), to take the exam.  After registered to the exam, students will receive detailed information by Professor.



The exam is only written. The written test will last one hour, with 10 true/false questions (1 point for correct answer, -0,5 for wrong answer, zero for not answered questions), and 5 open questions (max 5 points each).

All students should study on both videolectures and slides (available on Moodle) to pass the exam.


Optional exercises

The marks obtained in the test will give the final mark of the exam. Marks obtained from the optional exercises will be added to the mark obtained from the exam.


Students from previous a.ys.

Attending students from previous academic years will study on both slides and notes taken during the classes of their a.y., and pass a written test. When registering to the exam, students must write in the notes that they want to pass the exam on previous academic years programs.



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Timetable 22/23

Thursday h.10-12 room D4/113

Friday h.10-12 room D4/113



Lectures 22/23


 Mod.I: Basic principles of agricultural economics

23/02/2023 Introduction to the course

24/02/2023 Specificity of agricultural sector

02/03/2023 Supply rigidity and fixed costs

03/03/2023 Johnson's model

09/03/2023 Johnson's model

10/03/2023 The importance of time

16/03/2023 The cobwed theorem

17/03/2023 Specificity of agricultural sector

23/03/2023 Food demand 


Mod.II: Modernization and agribusiness

24/03/2023 Modernization

30/03/2023 The role of agriculture

31/03/2023 The Common Agricultural Policy of the EU

13/04/2023 The Common Agricultural Policy of the EU

14/04/2023 Agribusiness: concentration and globalization

20/04/2023 The evolution of the agribusiness

21/04/2023 The evolution of the agribusiness


Mod.III: The new development model

27/04/2023 The limits of modernization

28/04/2023 New development model

04/05/2023 The evolution of the CAP

05/05/2023 Seminar Maria Teresa Caiazzo

11/05/2023 Short Food Supply Chains (Matteo Mengoni)

12/05/2023 Short Food Supply Chains (Matteo Mengoni)

18/05/2023 Seminar Carla Barbieri


25/05/2023 Seminar Xiomara Quinonex-Ruiz

25/05/2023 Seminar Carla Barbieri

26/05/2023 Seminar Xiomara Quinonex-Ruiz





Seminars 22/23


May, 5th 2023 - h.10.15-11.45, D4/1.13

Maria Teresa Caiazzo (Eataly Florence)

Eataly business model


May, 18th 2023 - h.10.15-11.45, D6/0.04

Carla Barbieri (North Carolina State University)

Growing agritourism for societal wellbeing


May, 25th 2023 - h.10.15-11.45, D4/1.13

Xiomara F. Qui˝ones-Ruiz (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU, Vienna)

Bitter truth about coffee: collective action, standards and quality


May, 25th 2023 - h.16.15-17.45, D6/0.04

Carla Barbieri (North Carolina State University)

Community-based Tourism: Empowering women for rural development


May, 26th 2023 - h.10.15-11.45, D4/1.13

Xiomara F. Qui˝ones-Ruiz (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU, Vienna)

The way forward in coffee value chain networks: proximity and relational coffee models as alternatives?


Movies on food & agriculture


Fork over knives - Earthlings - Cowspiracy

Food Inc. - Fast food nation - SuperSizeMe - The Milk System



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