Agribusiness Economics and Management

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Agribusiness Economics and Management

A degree Agribusiness Economics and Management (ABEM) prepares students to assume positions in the management of the world's human and natural resources. Private firms and government agencies seek employees with excellent problem-solving and communication skills. Students develop these skills through their studies in agribusiness management, finance, economic theory, natural resource economics, environmental regulation, quantitative techniques, and economic development, both domestic and international. This option is flexible so that students can add an optional minor in the area of their interest

Students on this program will study in parallel with our agronomy-economics students, forming a large group with a genuine interest in agriculture. The Agricultural Economics and Management course gives you a great opportunity to develop your understanding and skills of business administration or economics. You will choose one of these two subjects as your major on the programme, building your own profile by your choice of optional courses.

In business administration you are offered courses in fields such as production economics, quantitative finance, strategic management agrimarketing and cooperatives as well as in ethics. With a major in economics, there are choices among environmental policy, demand for agricultural products, international food system analysis and sustainable development. A number of these courses are offered jointly with Upscale University.

The programme, which is in English, is open to students with a Bachelor´s degree in business administration or economics, wishing to gain a deeper understanding of agricultural and agribusiness issues in particular.

 

Agriculture is the principal sub-sector in the economies of many developing countries in the absence of a strong industrial sector. Indeed in Kenya Agriculture in its widest sense is ―the goose that lays the golden eggs‖. It is a source of income to farmers, affiliated entrepreneurs, source of employment and earns foreign exchange etc. In many developing countries, agriculture is carried out on small farms with inherent differences in Agra-ecological conditions, limited resource base and basic technology.
The training programme for the degree of bachelor of science in agricultural economics is conceptualised and designed to produce manpower that is expected to contribute towards the goal of self-reliance and motivation in skilled manpower for national development especially for the agricultural sub-sector in entirety, the objective of the programme is to produce graduates trained in the discipline of agriculture, economics and management with good blending of practical work to promote agricultural development and living standards. At the completion of the training, the BSc. Agricultural Economics graduates should be able to:
i) Analyse and explain the physical, ecological land agricultural policy and carry out effective extension work among farmers (Farm and Market Analysis Interpretations and Extension).
ii) Plan and administer in both private and public sectors by identifying and analyzing particular social-economic constraints and opportunities in various sectors of the economy (Sector Planning).
iii) Carry out agricultural project planning and policy formulation (Project Planning).
iv) Teach economics in agricultural institutions of learning as well as conduct research (Teach and Research).
v) Participate in the general direction and actual implementation of agricultural development
vi) Programmers and projects (agricultural project development and administration).
vii) Where possible run their own individual farm – firms and agree-business
 enterprises include consultancy (self-employment).
viii)gain graduate studies in agricultural Economics 


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