Agribusiness focuses on the business aspects of producing, processing, distributing and marketing food and fibre products, both domestically and internationally.
Agribusiness producers, processors, distributors and retailers form chains of businesses that deliver a wide range of products and services in the food and fibre sectors. These chains engage in activities such as:
- Primary production
- Value adding through processing
- Supplying of inputs
- Transport, storage and logistics
- Retailing and wholesaling
- Provision of services such as banking, finance, investment, insurance and technical advice
Agribusiness graduates find rewarding jobs in all these areas.
If you study Agribusiness you will learn about marketing, finance, business strategy and managing the people and businesses in the chain that links production with consumption. Through our hands-on approach to learning, you will regularly be exposed to practising managers, their businesses and contemporary agribusiness issues such as sustainability, globalisation, food security and international trade.
Why study Agribusiness?
Agribusiness graduates move into management positions. We aim to produce graduates who are market focused, commercially aware, innovative, internationally oriented and technically competent. For undergraduates, your studies may include an on-course overseas research project. In recent years we have had small groups of undergraduates doing research in China, Malaysia, Japan, Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.
Agribusiness graduates can find employment in the following areas:
- Banking, finance, investment and insurance
- Commodity trading, sales and marketing
- Export marketing and management
- Supply chain management
- Government departments in Australia and abroad
- Policy development and analysis in agricultural and regional agencies
The School offers the following study options:
- Bachelor of Agribusiness
- Bachelor of Agribusiness/ Bachelor of Applied Science (specialising in Agronomy, Animal Production, Equine Management or Horticulture)
- Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
Agribusiness research being undertaken within the School includes:
The Agribusiness group is actively engaged in research that deals with the producer-to-consumer value chain, both in Australia and in developing countries.
- Food and fibre value chains: their competitiveness, sustainability, innovation potential and policy implications
- Improving agribusiness performance in developing countries (current examples include Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Pacific Islands, Nepal, Kenya and Sri Lanka)
- e-technologies in agribusiness
- Agribusiness research methodologies
School academics in this field:
Agribusiness staff have specialist research interests and expertise in marketing, consumer behaviour, e-business, finance, management, value chain management, international agribusiness and applications in developing countries.
- Dr Anoma Ariyawardana
- Associate Professor Kim Bryceson
- Professor Ray Collins
- Associate Professor Tony Dunne
- Dr Simon Somogyi
- Dr Tim Sun
Key research collaborators with the School include:
- Private industry in Australia and internationally