Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems is an elective course developed by Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program and its global partners to study the business and economic situations of the food and agriculture sector around the world. The course originally covered four regions: the European Union, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, MERCOSUR, and East Asia. Through a USDA-funded grant, the course has expanded and now includes Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa and India modules. The course focuses on the historical development, the current situation, and the future outlook of the food and agriculture sector. Taught via distance education, students learn about other regions of the world without ever leaving home. Each professor provides lectures, readings and an assignment for his/her module. Weekly chats are led by the international professors and can include guest speakers. For more information about the course and the partners see About the Course.
The course is delivered by professors from across the globe. You will visit the European Union, Russia and the Former Soviet Union, MERCOSUR, East Asia, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania. A K-State faculty member will facilitate the course with virtual classroom guest lectures from international faculty with years of industry experience. The Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems course can be adapted for those at the senior or advanced degree level.
The course will allow you to examine the historical development, the current situation, and the future outlook of food and agriculture from leading experts around the world without leaving the comfort of your home or office.
“I really enjoyed the Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems course because we were able to learn about other agricultural systems and policies from an experienced source. By using instructors from the respective regions, we got an insider's view that can’t be matched by other international courses. Today, more than ever we rely heavily on other countries and markets to be successful and so it is important to have a good base understanding on some of their policies. Through this course the instructors were able to highlight what they believed were the most important aspects of the agriculture industry in their country.”
- Elizabeth Yeager, Agricultural Economics PhD Student, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas