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Agri-food Economics

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

1st June 2021

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.






Exams a.y.2021/21 (from June 2021)




- 15th June 2021 h.15.00 (on-line)

- 15th July 2021 h.15.00 (on-line)

- 2nd September 2021 h.15.00 (D6/111)

- 14th December 2021 h.15.00 (D6/016)


All students 2020/21 should study on both videolectures and slides (available on Moodle) to pass the exam.


The final exams of June and July will take place on-line


On-line exam

Students will have to take both a written test (on Moodle) and a short oral exam (via Zoom or Meet or Cisco-Webex softwares).

?     a written test on Moodle Platform (13 true/false questions and 2 multiple choices questions). True/false questions will give 1 point when the answer is correct, 0 point when non aswered, and -0,5 points when the answer is wrong; multiple choices questions will give 2, 0, -1 points). The written test lasts 12 minutes. There are 17 points available, and the minimum mark to access the oral exam is 6 points. To pass the written test, students must be registered to the Agrifood Economics 2019-20 course.

?     a short oral exam in the same day of the written test (or in the following ones) with about 2-3 questions. There are 17 points available for the oral exam.

The final mark will be the sum of both written and oral exam, plus points gained with the non-compulsory exercises


Exam in presence

Students having special problems with the connection or other good reason to as for it, may ask the professor an exam in presence. Reasons must be documented and valid.

In this case these students will have to take a written test only. The test will last one hour, with 10 true/false questions (max 1 point each) and 5 open questions (max 5 points each).


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 written and/or oral exam.


Students from previous a.ys.

Attending students a.y. 2019/20 and previous a.ys. will study on both slides and notes taken during the classes of their a.y., and pass only an oral exam (no written test).


Registration to the exam

All students must be registered on Moodle platform, course Agrifood Economics 2020/21, to take the exam. No password for registration.

After registered to the official exam, students will receive detailed information by Professor.




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Lectures 20/21


  TUE 23rd FEB - Presentation of the course

Mod.I: Basic principles of agricultural economics

   WED 24th FEB - Specificity of agriculture

   TUE 2nd MAR - Fixed and variable costs

   WED 3rd MAR - Johnsons' model

   TUE 9th MAR - Johnsons' model

   WED 10th MAR - Process activation

   TUE 16th MAR - Time and the cobwed theorem

   WED 17th MAR - The agricultural sector

   TUE 23rd MAR - The agricultural sector

   WED 24th MAR - Food demand

   TUE 30th MAR - Price variability

Mod.II: Modernization and agribusiness

   WED 31st MAR - Productivism

   TUE 13th APR - Productivism and role agriculture

   WED 14th APR - The Common Agricultural Policy

   TUE 20th APR - The Common Agricultural Policy

   WED 21st APR - The Common Agricultural Policy

   TUE 27th APR - Globalization concentration

   WED 28th APR - Processing and distribution

   TUE 4th MAY - Processing and distribution

Mod.III: The new development model

   WED 5th MAY - The new development model

   TUE 11th MAY - Short food supply chains

   WED 12th MAY - The new development model

   GDRIVE VIDEO ONLY - The evolution of the CAP

   TUE 18th MAY - Team work: presentation

   WED 19th MAY - Team work: presentation

   TUE 25th MAY - Team work: presentation



Seminars 20/21


Movies on food & agriculture


Fork over knives - Earthlings - Cowspiracy

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