Course overview

The Agrifood Value Chains course enables participants to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the Agri-Food Value Chain, its main components, and the linkages between them. It also examines the main trends, drivers, and issues within the chain, covering aspects from agriculture and its ancillary industries, through to food retailing and catering, with reference to market structure, government intervention, and international trade.

Each topic is introduced with some interactive online material and downloadable materials that will be available to the participant permanently. There will be a series of online discussions and exercises. Contributions to the discussions will be monitored and may form part of the assessment. Feedback and contributions from the course convenor or deliverer will be the main source of formative assessment.

This course would have a broad range of applicability to professionals within the agrifood sector, but particularly those involved in food manufacturing, processing, distribution, retail, and catering.


This module is available for CPD (£450) or credit (£700). Modules taken as CPD can later be converted to credit for a fee of £250.  


Contact Name for Enquiries: Fiona Lee or Cathy Crips

Email address:

Telephone Number: 0118 378 3312 or  0118 378 8722


Learning outcomes

As a result of completing this course, you will have developed a robust knowledge of the entire value chain as it pertains to the agrifood sector, with a detailed understanding of individual components as well as the complex interactions between them. Successful completion will enable participants to:

  • Discuss and analyse the structure and components of Agri-Food Value Chains
  • Critically evaluate the main drives of change and historic on-going trends
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the importance of supply chain management with the agri-food supply chain
  • Critically evaluate the key problems of the different sectors and the role of governments and other bodies in the food industry sector
Additional Course Information

Topics covered will include:

  • The actors within the agri-food value chain
  • Models representing different market structures
  • Food policy issues
  • The rationale for government intervention in food markets, and policy regulatory mechanisms within the food industry
  • Trends in food demand
  • Trends in food supply


Key facts

Course Dates
04 May 2021
8 Weeks online
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
Discounts available for multiple bookings & CPD version
CQFW Level
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period. It is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements within four weeks of completing the online content.
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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