Agribusiness Risk Analysis and Management
This module covers general business risk assessment. Students will learn how to identify, mitigate and manage the risks unique to agricultural production. In addition, markets, finance, institutions and human resources relating to the industry. The role of innovative insurance and new info-comm technologies and mobile media for risk management will be discussed.
Innovation, Ethics and Patent Law
Students will explore opportunities for innovation in agriculture in the areas of, automation, data analytics, genetics, breeding, distribution and marketing. Ethical issues related to foods will be discussed. Students will also learn the basics of intellectual property (IP) including the concepts of background and forward IP, types of IP and the laws governing the implementation and enforcement of IP.
Agribusiness Regulatory and Funding
Students will be introduced to important enablers of successful businesses – government policies, legislations and financing. Acts and regulations of respective agencies governing the setup, operation, and management of agribusiness in Singapore will be covered. Areas include the sale of food, cultivation of plants, managing plant pests, plant importation, trade effluent discharge, fire code, building code, and workplace safety and health. International obligations in the areas of food safety, plant protection, and trade in endangered species will be covered. Students will also be exposed to sources of funding available from respective agencies like the Singapore Food Agency, ENTERPRISE Singapore etc.
Traceability of Farm Produce
Food safety and good shelf life of fresh produce has become a growing concern for citizens and farmers of many countries. Proper post-harvest handling and traceability of produce improves risk-management for food business allowing operators or authorities to have good quality harvests and at the same time respond to a need to withdraw or recall products if identified unsafe. The module will introduce post-harvest handling and processing fresh produce, and quality management systems to ensure farm setups and operations are monitored regularly. Introduction to new technologies enabling traceability of fresh produce for vegetable farms will enable students to adopt such technologies in a farm setup.
Agribusiness in Supply Chains and Logistics
This module analyses the flow of food and nutrition from primary production to distribution to consumers, and finally managing food waste. It also covers the principles of efficient and effective management of logistics. It examines different aspects of logistics including purchasing and reverse logistics as well as global logistics trends and security challenges.
Standards for Agriculture
Students will be introduced to the importance of standards, and the process of certification and accreditation. An overview of global and regional agriculture-related standards will be provided, together with regional developments in mutual recognition arrangements to facilitate trade. National standards related to agriculture, such as those for good agriculture practice, clean and green urban farms and organic production, will be covered in detail.