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Agri-food Economics

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

1st February 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.







- 13th February 2023 h.14.00 (D6/004)

- 15th June 2023 h.10.00 (D4/011)

- 6th July 2023 h.14.00 (D4/001)

- 5th September 2023 h.10.00 (D6/004)



Registration to the exam

All students must be registered on Moodle platform, course Agrifood Economics, to take the exam. No password for registration. After registered to the official exam, students will receive detailed information by Professor.


Exam in presence

The written test will last one hour, with 10 true/false questions (max 1 point each) and 5 open questions (max 5 points each).

All students 2021/22 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 only an oral exam (no 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 The importance of time

10/03/2023 The cobwed theorem

16/03/2023 Specificity of agricultural sector

17/03/2023 Specificity of agricultural sector

23/03/2023 Food demand 

24/03/2023 Price variability in the medium and long run


Mod.II: Modernization and agribusiness


Mod.III: The new development model


Exercise TEAM WORKS - Students' Presentations


Seminars 22/23


Movies on food & agriculture


Fork over knives - Earthlings - Cowspiracy

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










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