An approximately 70% increase in food production in Asia is required to feed 5.2 billion people on the continent by 2050. Food production and supply in the crop, livestock, and aquamarine sectors, however, are constrained by fragmented supply chains, degraded land, and postharvest losses, among others. Moreover, agriculture is also the source of nonfood products such as fiber, fuel, timber, medicine, and industrial raw materials. Individuals are thus increasingly needed to manage agribusinesses competently and sustainably in food and nonfood value chains serving both domestic and global markets. Agribusinesses include farms and off-farm enterprises that produce and distribute farm inputs and those that assemble, store, process, and distribute fresh and processed farm commodities and products.
As the World Economic Forum steps up its “Grow Asia” initiative, the scale and impact of agribusiness investments provide opportunities for smallholders and SMEs to be linked to global and regional markets. Public–private partnership and multiple-stakeholder approaches to sustainable, inclusive development have been designed to offer market-based solutions to address production and supply constraints as well as poverty, food security, and safety issues. These solutions must be managed by individuals trained in agribusiness management leadership and decision-making skills. By 2020, such partnership arrangements should reach 10 million smallholder farmers, improving farm productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability by 20%.
This course is being organized to train a critical mass of individuals in APO member countries in acquiring and applying basic knowledge of agribusiness management. It will introduce the process of making and communicating agribusiness decisions, examine sustainability issues in a strategic and operational context, and show how to think critically about approaching and resolving dilemmas in agribusiness decision-making in Asia.
The Asian Productivity Organization developed this course with the support of Dr. Louie A. Divinagracia, Professorial Lecturer, College of Public Affairs, University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), Philippines; and Dr. Maria Rochelle G. Divinagracia, Dean, Conrado Benitez Institute for Business Education, Philippine Women’s University (PWU), Philippines
– There are 8 modules in this course. Please start with Module 1 and complete each module in order.
– The recommended timeline to complete each module is:
Days 1-3: Module 1
Days 4-8: Module 2+ Quiz 1
Days 9–11: Module 3
Days 12–16: Module 4 + Quiz 2
Days 17–19: Module 5
Days 20–25: Module 6 + Quiz 3
Day 26-29: Module 7 + Module 8
Day 30: Exam
– To confirm your understanding, 3 quizzes are provided. Please answer the questions and check your score for self-evaluation. Please note that the quiz scores have no connection with the final exam results.
– It is recommended that you proceed to the next module only after satisfactory completion of the preceding module.
-After completing all modules, each participant should take the final exam. Remember that you are only allowed to take the final exam once. Please ensure that you have thoroughly understood all modules before taking the final exam.
– After completion of the course the APO will provide e-certificates to successful participants from APO member countries who pass the final exam (minimum passing score is 70% or 70 points).
a. Know and understand the multifaceted nature of agribusiness and its management
orientation in a globally connected business environment;
b. Identify the strategic and operational agribusiness decisions that managers in Asia make and communicate as well as the ethical, social, and governance challenges managers face; and
c. Apply the decision-making process in the various functional areas of agribusiness
management using problem-based learning assignments.
1) Participants who register to take this course and pass the final examination with a score of 70% or higher will be eligible to receive the APO certificate. Please note that the final examination can be taken only once. Therefore, you decide when you choose to take the examination. Please note that the self-assessment quizzes are for your own evaluation and have no connection with the final examination results.
2) Participants who perform well in this course and receive the APO certificate will be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO project, provided their nominations are received through the concerned NPOs and slots are available.
3) Notes 1 and 2 are applicable only to participants from APO member countries. Participants from nonmember countries are welcome to take the course for self-improvement, though they will neither get APO certificate nor an opportunity to attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects.
The course on Agribusiness Management (Basic) goes off-line at:
Time: 10:00 am (UTC+09:00, Tokyo)
Date: 14 February 2017
Please finish the course before then.