Letter from the Director
Associate Professor and Department Head of Agribusiness Administration
The Department of Agribusiness Administration provides the students with a well-rounded education through the experience of classroom lectures and learning by doing in the field. The students develop the skills required to undertake challenges, deliver results and lead the agribusiness industry in Latin America.
Based on estimations, by the year 2050, the world population will have reached the 9,000 million. This means that the world will need more farming land and more and different types of plants with the capacity to adapt to climate change, which is already putting pressure on food production. Production requires constant commercialization to keep capital flow and support to keep sowing, harvesting and managing. In some areas of the world, production of food competes with production of biofuels in the context of a volatile market of energy sources, and agriculture remains a key element in matters of exports and food security for the nations.
Agribusiness challenges are many, dynamic and able to generate new opportunities to consider, such as commercialization routes, better control of production costs, storage, adaptation to human management, better technologies and genetics. Countries need this valuable diversification because it generates economic and social wellness in their inhabitants, together with business development based on social responsibility.
We train students to be able to research opportunities and challenges with a strategic vision within an agricultural business. They learn important lessons about the planning stage all the way through post-sell relations with costumer. Our students develop a long-term strategic vision, critical thought, ability to use quantitative and qualitative tools required to inform business decisions.
The Department of Agribusiness Management has an outstanding academic faculty committed to each segment of the productive agricultural chain, pleased to share with the students, government and non-government agents and donors. Our faculty is also devoted to applied research, theory and the study of cases from real companies in Latin America, Europe and United States.
Our students develop business competencies that allow them to participate in the different processes of the value chain in agricultural organizations. In every stage of the process, they develop a vision that helps them face challenges, generate employment and wealth and contribute to adapting to the changes in the globalized world, reducing the effect of exogenous variables.