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AAEC 5174: International Agricultural Development and Trade

Concentration:  Agribusiness
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


This course focuses on development and agriculture in low- and middle-income countries. This course covers the role of agriculture in economic development, strategies to modernize agriculture, and the effect of policies on economic growth. Topics include the dimensions of global food production and consumption, population growth, agricultural systems and their evolution, components of an agricultural modernization strategy, and the impacts of agricultural trade and foreign aid. 

Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define the dimensions of global food, income, and population issues.
  2. Explain the contributions of agriculture to economic development.
  3. Evaluate and contrast components of agricultural development strategies.
  4. Explore the role of international trade and foreign aid on economic development and on U.S. agriculture. 

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics are prerequisites. Students who would like to review the economic concepts are encouraged to watch Khan Academy on-line microeconomics modules


Catherine Larochelle