AEP-21806 Agriculture, Food and Policy


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work10
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Ihle
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RA Jongeneel
dr. R Ihle
prof. dr. JHH Wesseler
Examiner(s)dr. R Ihle
dr. ir. RA Jongeneel

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ECH-10406 Microeconomics and Behaviour; DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade.


The course 'Agriculture, Food and Policy' gives an introduction in agricultural policy, encompassing market intervention policies, trade policies, food policies and rural policies. It requires limited economic background knowledge from participants. Issues that are dealt with are the history of and reasons for agricultural policies; different agricultural policy instruments and their national and international effects; the EU's Common Agricultural Policy with its problems and reforms; links with rural development, the environment, animal welfare, and food safety; effects of agricultural policies on developing countries; and international negotiations on agricultural trade.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student is expected to be (able to):
- knowledgeable about the evolution, motives and problems of national and international agri-food policies
- identify the national and international impacts that different agricultural policy instruments have on different stakeholders
- reproduce various descriptions and theories on the evolution and effects of agricultural policies
- understand public and political debates on agricultural policy issues and be able to reflect on these issues yourself.


- attending lectures;
- participating in an agricultural policy game (practical sessions);
- studying literature and writing a short paper (policy brief).


Test on AGRIPOL simulation game (20%);
- individual paper (20%);
- written exam with open questions (60%).
For a pass a minimum mark of 5.5 for the written exam is required.


Syllabus/Reader (made available after the first lecture);
Backgrounder AGRIPOL-game;
Book: Oskam, A., Meester, G., Silvis, H. (2011) EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas. 2nd ed. Wageningen Academic Publishers
Information is available on the Blackboard site.

Restricted Optional for: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc4WD
Compulsory for: WUECPBSc Minor Economics and Policy4WD