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Agricultural and Food Economics

Campus: Cremona
School: Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences
Intake: September 2020
Duration: 2 years
Language of instruction: English
Degree awarded: Laurea magistrale in Agricultural and food economics
Total ECTS: 120
Università Cattolica’s Cremona campus boasts one of the world’s most renowned teams of Agriculture academics, scientists and researchers; a team at the forefront of food innovation and technology, whose expertise extends to developing tracking systems for any product transported across the European Union. Joining the degree in Agricultural and Food Economics is to prepare for the world’s fastest growing industry in a beautiful city in the heart of the Italian food valley.

The degree is taught by SMEA, the Graduate School in Agricultural and Food Economics. It has a long experience in research concerning agricultural economics and policy, the industrial organisation of the food sector and the analysis of the functioning of the food supply chain. This experience relates both to academic research and to support for policy-makers, since the researchers of the team have developed a long experience of collaboration with international organisations (i.e., European Commission, OECD, FAO and World Bank), government agencies and producer associations.

The programme will prepare students to analyze the agri-food system and to operate in the various functional areas of businesses and organizations. The programme will develop professional knowledge and skills with regards to:

  • analyzing traditional problems relating to agricultural markets and food, evaluating the implications of agri-food and commercial policies;
  • managing the liberalization processes and rules of free competition also within an international context;
  • analyzing the behavior of final consumers with respect to agricultural and food products;
  • understanding the different sectors of the agri-food system, the vertical relations and the coordination of the various phases of the system (e.g. agriculture, food processing and food retailing);
  • managing emerging issues in agricultural and food production, including the safety of foodstuffs and the environmental impact of agricultural activities, the role of quality, information and traceability, the management of technical innovations, in particular biotechnology, and of the industrialization of agriculture;
  • dealing with corporate and logistical problems that affect business functions according to the peculiarities of agribusiness companies.
SMEA graduates are rewarded with various professional openings, all characterised by a strong international dimension.

Some examples:

  • managerial positions in agri-food corporations (multi-national food companies, small and medium enterprises, retail chains);
  • managerial positions in professional associations linked to the agricultural and food sector;
  • consultants for agricultural and food companies;
  • professional positions in international organisations;
  • research positions in universities or applied research companies.


of graduating students say they were satisfied with their programme


of graduating students positively assess the sustainability of the study workload


would enroll again on a degree programme of Università Cattolica


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The Quality Assurance Body of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
The survey was administered to students, graduating students and graduates enrolled in the programme in question.


The data was extracted from the research carried out by the University Quality Assurance Body.
The satisfaction level of those who completed the programme refers to the graduating students survey from the 2017 calendar year.
The percentages related to professional opportunities refer to graduates of 2016 (if 1 year after graduation), 2014 (if 3 years after graduation) and 2012 (if 5 years after graduation).