Specialisations

Four unique specialisations

Within the Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management, you can specialise in the following professional fields:

  • Livestock Chains
  • Horticulture Chains
  • Forest Chains
  • Agroforestry

Livestock Chains

The Livestock Chains specialisation teaches you to examine each actor in the chain (including suppliers, farmers, processors, traders, retailers and consumers). You also learn how to analyse the different stages from input to processing from various perspectives, such as business economics, logistics, quality control, certification, sustainability, marketing channels and information flows.

The Livestock Chains modules integrate management skills and, by addressing innovative, entrepreneurial and institutional aspects of agriculture, demonstrate how changes in demand and policies at local, national and international levels can be anticipated. You will thus enhance your ability to manage, facilitate and innovate within the livestock sector.

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Horticulture Chains

This specialisation has been designed to help professionals develop the knowledge and skills  needed to remain in the horticulture sector, adapt to changes and help stakeholders optimise their processes.

Designed to increase professionals’ ability to anticipate and exploit these developments, this programme examines each stakeholder in the chain (suppliers, farmers, processors, traders, retailers and consumers), particularly in the stages from input to processing. It also approaches the overall chain from the perspective of logistics, economics, quality control, marketing channels and information flows. This gives graduates a complete helicopter view of the horticulture sector. 

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Forest Chains

Commodities produced in forested landscapes such as timber, palm-oil, shea-butter, cocoa, and coffee go through a complex series of stakeholders and channels before making their way to domestic and international markets. Forest Chain Management specialists are equipped with the competences needed to examine each actor in the chain (including producers, smallholders, suppliers, processors, traders, retailers and consumers) and analyse the different stages from harvest to processing and consumption [from forest to floor] from various perspectives, including sustainability. 

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Agroforestry

Agroforestry – growing annual crops with woody species (trees and shrubs) and/or livestock – is an agroecological practice that can contribute to the transformation of conventional agriculture, which has being recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations and the European Commission. Conventional agriculture needs a transition towards climate adaptive strategies along all the value chain, from farm to fork. In this time of climate change and globalisation, the challenging and dynamic business environment pushes stakeholders to think out-of-the-box and create new business alternatives for which agroforestry can offer profitable and climate resilient value chains.

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