Food value chains and agri-logistics

Organized by MAI Montpellier
Mai Coordinators: Fatima El Hadad-Gauthier and Selma Tozanli

Aims

Food value chains approach is a well-established tradition introduced by Pr. Louis Malassis and developed ever since, within the training programmes of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier. Knowledge and competences developed around this methodological concept and its application within the frameworks of research and cooperation projects over the decades, brought along a well-deserved reputation to the CIHEAM-MAI of Montpellier and continues on doing so. The teaching staff of the Institute keeps on nurturing this tradition by improving and enriching the training programmes.

One of the functions of the food value chain, namely, controlling and monitoring the supply chain and the flows of goods and services from the field to the fork, is becoming the most crucial task for the healthy functioning of any food value chain. The present professional training programme has the ambition to form young managers specializing in the coordination of food value chains and agri-logistics.

Core courses for the first trimester aim at initiating the students to handle the macro-analysis of the interactions between the players and their business environment. In the second trimester, they will experience a three month training programme that concerns a specialization on the supply chains of processed foodstuffs, export-oriented products and international trade. Local players will be involved in the training programmes.

Objectives

This programme aims at enabling the trainees to acquire three main and complementary skills :

Conceptual skills : analyzing food value chains ; observing and analyzing the business environment of the players operating within the food value chains; acquiring knowledge on national and international rules and regulations constituting the socio-institutional framework of the value chains ; specializing in the supply chain management

Practical skills : elaborating a strategic diagnostic of a food value chain and proposing business models for all kind of players operating in this value chain

Social skills : learning to work in a team, to interface between the technical and socio-economic aspects

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - MONTPELLIER PROGRAMME

TRAINING SEQUENCE

This programme is organized in 9 units (60 ECTS)

Prerequisites

11 July - 16 Sept. 2016 Upgrade in economics and management (micro-economics, financial analysis and statistics)

Unit I

5-30 Sept.2016 FOOD VALUE CHAINS’ ANALYSIS: CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and group work.

Unit II

3 - 28 Oct. 2016 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF LOGISTICS/NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATIONS, TRANSPORTATION COST CONTROL (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and ‘Dossiers’ elaborated during group work

Unit III

2 - 18 Nov. 2016 LEGAL ASPECTS OF LOGISTICS: RULES, REGULATIONS AND LEGAL FOUNDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination; individual work: exercises to be prepared and compulsory scheduled reading.

Unit IV

21 Nov. - 15 Dec. 2016 LARGE RETAILING SECTOR AND FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS MANAGEMENT (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and ‘Dossiers’ elaborated during group work

Unit V

2 - 27 January 2017 MARKETING STRATEGIES AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination; individual work: exercises to be prepared and compulsory scheduled reading.

Unit VI

30 January - 24 February 2017 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS ORGANISATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Classroom examination and group work.

Unit VII

Sept. 2016 - Oct. 2017 RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES APPLIED TO GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESEARCH (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: ‘Dossiers’ elaborated during group work. Presence and actively participating to discussions are obligatory. / Evaluation of the bibliography of the final research thesis

Unit VIII

Sept. 2016 to March2017 MODERN LANGUAGES COURSES (2 ECTS)

English language lessons will be provided.

Unit IX

March to Sept. 2017 INTERNSHIP PROJECT AND FINAL RESEARCH THESIS (23 ECTS)

Writing an internship project including the demand of the host institution, the study area, the context, the research method and the work schedule. This project is defended before a panel of MAIM teaching staff.
Internship, writing and defending the research thesis based on the internship report.

 

 

 

 

 

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

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

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

  • Achievement of the individual 6-months training in a firm or institute from the agricultural and/or food sector. This professional training period in a real firm management situation finalizes the provided training and gives the opportunity to the trainees to demonstrate their capacity to analyze a complex situation and finally draw out the useful recommendations for the firm.
  • Thesis connected with the professional training period: more than a mere report describing or synthesizing the situation, it must include an introduction reminding the context of the mission and the problematic features, as well as the description of the objectives of the mission and of the methods and concepts implemented.
  • Defence of the above thesis before a jury of teachers-researchers and professionals (60 ECTS).