AEP-21806 Agriculture, Food and Policy


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work10
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Ihle
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RA Jongeneel
Dr. JCM van Meijl
dr. R Ihle
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RA Jongeneel
dr. R Ihle

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

UEC-10406 Microeconomics and Behaviour; DEC-21806 Macroeconomics and International Trade


The course 'Agriculture, Food and Policy' gives an introduction to agri-food policies. Issues dealt with are the history and motives of agri-food policies; different policy instru¬ments and their domestic and international effects; the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU and its problems and reforms; the relationships between agri-food policies and rural development, the environ¬ment, animal welfare, and food safety; effects on developing countries and international agricul¬tural trade negotiations.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the evolution, motives, design and problems of agri-food policies in the EU (LO1);
- analyse national and international impacts that agricultural policy instruments have on different stakeholders (LO2);
- understand and analyse major economic aspects of the design, implementation and evaluation of agri-food policies (LO3);
- understand public and political debates on agricultural policy issues and to be able to reflect on these issues her- or himself (LO4);
- apply the theoretical knowledge on the links between economic analysis and agro-food policies gained during the course to a real-world problem (LO5).


The course consists of lectures, practicals, literature study and the writing of a policy brief. During the practicals, students compete with each other in groups playing the simulation game AGRIPOL. The game simulates the effects of national choices of agri-food policy instruments on the food and welfare situation of individual countries as well as the world market. Students apply policy instruments and learn by own experience to what effects and international complications national policy decisions may lead. In the policy brief, students analyse and reflect on one chosen agri-food policy problem in detail.


- test on the AGRIPOL simulation game (20%);
- policy brief (= individual paper, 20%);
- written exam (60%).
Students who follow at least 4 for the 5 practical sessions gain an additional 0.5 bonus point.
For obtaining the final grade for the course, students must have passed all three examination elements (written exam, AGRIPOL test, policy brief), that is, they need to have at least a grade of 5.5 in each category.


Obligatory reading: manual and backgrounder of the AGRIPOL game as well as the policy brief guidelines.
Recommended book covering most topics of the lecture: Oskam, Meester, Silvis (2011). EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Additional facultative reading: A list of suggested readings for each lecture will be made available in Brightspace in the section ‘Course Documents/ Suggested reading and further literature hints’.
A study collection of further reading on agricultural policies and agricultural economics will be available in the Leeuwenborch library during the duration of the course (ask at the library reception for it). The collection provides several textbooks which can be useful for deepening the contents of the course.

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