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Agricultural development and economic policies


The whole set of courses of the “Agricultural development and Economic policies” Master’s specialty and the internship (end of M2) are conceived so as to provide knowledge on diagnostic methods of agro-economical situations and to situate the agricultural policies, in developed and developing countries, in the international relations context. This orientation helps to understand the constraints due to the economical forces which weigh the process of agricultural development down.

The global economy puts in competition unevenly developed and differentiated agricultures. The understanding of inequalities requires a good knowledge of the origins and transformations of the agricultural system from the different parts of the world. The analysis of the constraints and the stakes that the farms have to face at the local, national and international level, allow to grasp the different faces of the agricultural development process. Additionally, training on theory and methods specific to the agricultural world goes with training on the fundamentals of the main development social sciences subjects. These fundamentals are given by the core modules of the “Development studies” course, but this specialty completes them with a training goes more thoroughly into the subject of agricultural development (dynamics of agrarian systems, functioning of agricultural markets, evaluation of policies and projects for agricultural development, analysis of international agricultural and environmental negotiations) to comprehend the ongoing transformations in contemporary agriculture and to formulate a diagnostic on agricultural policies and projects.

The 2008 hunger riots and recent food crisis in Sahel and in other zones or developing countries have underlined - notably from the point of view of sponsors and governments – the importance of agricultural development, sovereignty and food security for the national stabilities. The necessity for a sustainable and supportive agricultural development appears today as an evidence.

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Course manager:

Charlotte Guénard

Lecturer in economics