Made in Italy: Agricultural Economics in Central Italy
This is a 10-day course through the Italian regions of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, & Liguria. The primary academic purpose of this program is to educate students on the Italian food-value chain through personal in-field experiences. Topics of study include local agriculture practices, small-scale sustainable food production, food-marketing, and the domestic and international food value chain. Throughout the trip, students will meet with various local producers and companies to learn about the production, marketing, and distribution of select local and international products. Of special note, students will visit producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano, Brunello di Montalcino & Prosciutto di Parma. Tours will also be scheduled at the ALMA International School, the Port of Genoa, and a Parmalat dairy production site. By the end of the trip, students will have a strong understanding of the numerous and highly integrated companies operating within the different stages of the Italian and international food value chain.
Although the trip’s primary goals are academic, a wide array of hands-on and cultural activities (e.g. cooking classes, historical tours) will be included throughout the trip to give students a wider appreciation of the food, history and culture of Italy. As a final incentive for a week of intensive touring, the students will enjoy 3 days in the enchanting Cinque Terre to relax and explore.
For more information contact:
Dr. Mike Gunderson, AGEC, email@example.com