Agricultural and Food Policy

Course content

The agri-food sector contributes to, and is affected by, several environmental and social challenges, including, for example, climate change, deforestation, poverty, malnutrition, and poor working conditions. Addressing these challenges is key to promoting and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and is the key goal of agricultural and food policies in both higher-income and lower-income countries.

This course will introduce some of the most important agricultural and food policies (such as EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, US biofuel support policy, payment for environmental services, technology adoption and climate adaptation policies, value chains, school feeding programs, standards and labels, emergency aid, fortification, education and nudging). We will discuss the rationale for these policies and provide you with theoretical concepts and analytical tools needed to evaluate their economic effects. We will also look at the empirical evidence regarding their effectiveness. 


MSc Programme in Agricultural Economics
MSc Programme in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Learning outcome

The main objective of this course is to provide a theoretical framework and practical skills for analyzing the impact of agricultural and food policies and for designing optimal policy. Upon having completed this course the student is expected to be able to:


  • Point out stylized features of common agricultural and food policies in a welfare economic framework

  • Provide examples of specific agricultural and food policies from both developing and developed countries


  • Analyse the impact of a policy in a formal economic model

  • Analyse the impact of a policy using empirical methods

  • Analyse optimal policy design in relation to specific model assumptions


  • Conduct an independent economic analysis of an agri-food policy

  • Develop abilities to write and present essay on selected agri-food policy


Lectures and group based exercises

Selected scientific journal articles and textbook sections. A literature list will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Courses in mathematics, microeconomics and econometrics at the bachelor level.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
(i) Individual course paper/essay written during the course (50% of the final grade).
(ii) Individual oral examination (20 minutes, no preparation) based on course curriculum (50% of the final grade).

Students must pass both the oral and course paper examinations individually to pass the overall exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

The same as the ordinary exam. 

Results from the ordinary exam will be carried over to the re-exam. 

Criteria for exam assessment

The assessment is based on the criteria given by the Learning Outcomes

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 33
  • Preparation
  • 89
  • Practical exercises
  • 24
  • Project work
  • 60
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 4
No limitation – unless you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student
Study Board of Natural Resources, Environment and Animal Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Food and Resource Economics
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Goytom Abraha Kahsay   (6-6f77817c777548716e7a7736737d366c73)
  • Dagim Belay   (3-696c67456e6b777433707a336970)

Goytom Abraha Kahsay and Dagim Belay

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