Agricultural Management and Territories

Organized by MAI Montpellier
Mai Coordinators: Philippe Le Grusse and Hatem Belhouchette

Aims

This Master aims at:

  • providing training to engineers in charge of studies in territorial collectivities, organizations and institutions concerned with agricultural and rural development.
  • teaching to economists and engineers the common language essential for team work.

In this course the management of agricultural production systems is addressed, taking into account both the economic and environmental approaches for engineers in charge of studies working for territorial collectivities, organizations and institutions concerned with agricultural development. With this aim, it includes the use of theoretical and practical tools as well as the acquisition of professional experience (individual and collective training) allowing trainees to be in contact with local actors and field realities but also to be immediately operational at the end of the course).

Objectives

This training programme provides:

knowledge: analysis of the technical-economic functioning of a farm and of an agricultural region;
know-hows:

  • implementation of decision-making methods, preliminary analysis and strategic steering at consultancy stage carried out individually or collectively; elaboration of optimization models for technical and production choices at  farm and regional levels; coupling biophysical and economic models for decision-making in the field of natural resources and diffuse pollution management in agriculture.
  • how to behave: how to work in a multi-field team, how to make the interface between technical and socio-economic aspects.

The Master 2 addresses the appropriate theoretical and practical methods and tools. Moreover, it allows trainees to be regularly put in real or professional situation: case studies, collective field studies, practicals.

The Master of Science is dedicated to individual work and includes the realization of a 3-months training period in a firm and a thesis. The defence of the thesis before an appointed examining board leads to the Master of Science degree.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - MONTPELLIER PROGRAMME

TRAINING SEQUENCE

This programme is organized in 12 units (60 ECTS)

Prerequisites
11 July - 16 Sept. 2016 Upgrade in economics and management (microeconomics, accounting, financial analysis and statistics) / Introduction to Agronomy

Unit I
September to December 2016 INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TERRITORIES: ACTORS AND TOOLS (2 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination

Unit II
October 2016 to March 2017 RESEARCH WORKSHOP : PROBLEMATICS AND METHODS (2 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Oral presentations

Unit III
19 - 30 Sept 2016 ECONOMICS FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (1 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination

Unit IV
03 - 14 Oct. 2016 DIAGNOSIS METHODS AND TOOLS: DATA ANALYSIS, INFORMATION AND GEOGRAPHICAL SYSTEMS, PRE-DIAGNOSIS OF A RURAL ZONE (3 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Collective reports

Unit V
17 Oct - 18 November 2016 DIAGNOSIS OF RURAL TERRITORIES (4 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Written report and oral presentation.

Unit VI -1 
21 Nov - 02 Dec. 2016 ACTORS AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PART 1 (4 ECTS FOR PART 1 AND PART 2)
Evaluation procedure:     ‘Dossier’ presented individually or in a group work / Classroom examination.
    
Unit VII
5 - 15 December 2016    MARKETS, POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS (3 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and reading notes on a scientific or institutional text chosen by the student

Unit VIII
2 - 27 January 2017    FARM MANAGEMENT (4 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: ‘Dossier’ based on the report of a firm management committee (resulting from group work); oral presentation; classroom examination.

Unit IX
30 January - 24 February 2017    MODELLING AND SUPPORT FOR DECISION-MAKING (4 ECTS)
Evaluation procedure: ‘Dossier’ presenting individual or group work / Individual classroom written examination.

Unit VI - 2
27 Feb -16 March 2017    ACTORS AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PART 2
Evaluation procedure:     ‘Dossier’ presented individually or in a group work / Classroom examination.

Unit X
Oct. 2016 to March 2017    MODERN LANGUAGES COURSES (3 ECTS)
English language lessons will be provided from October 2015 to March 2016.

Unit XI
January - March 2017 THEMATIC WORSHOP AND ELABORATION OF A PROJECT (4 ECTS)

Unit XII
April to Sept. ‘2017 PREPARATION OF THE PROPOSAL FOR THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PERIOD IN A FIRM - WRITING AND DEFENCE OF A MASTER’S THESIS (26 ECTS)

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

Professional training period in a firm, thesis and its defence (6 months, 60 ECTS)

This includes :

  • an individual professional training period of 3 months minimum within a structure involved in rural development (research departments, local governments, ministries, NGOs, international bodies…). Work in connection with rural development engineering: diagnosis of a rural area, projects elaboration or evaluation, socio-economic study (10 ECTS);
  • a thesis connected with the professional training period presenting the context, the theoretical frame, the methodology, the results; the defence of the above thesis before a jury of teachers-researchers and professionals (50 ECTS).