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The best foundation for building your business

The Food and Agriculture Business Models short course teaches you how to set up and plan your business model in the agri-value chain. Through a detailed set of 15 lessons, case studies, and expert videos, you’ll get the best foundation for building your business.

Offered in partnership between Business School Netherlands and The Institute of Food and Agribusiness Leadership (IFAL), powered through the Agribusiness Academy digital student platform.

This course offers a very affordable option to explore the BSN-Agribusiness Academy approach and engage with the latest content in the agriculture/agribusiness field. Our course expert will also be available to guide you when you are ready to take your agri-studies further.


Action Learning and the agri-value chain

At the end of this course you will be able to answer/discuss the below ‘Action Learning’ questions with clarity and confidence.

  • What are the different structures in which agriculture businesses operate?
  • How are cooperatives different from private businesses?
  • How are social enterprises different from private businesses?
  • Is a business model relevant for all types of agriculture businesses?
  • What are the critical components of a business model?
  • How do businesses create/generate differentiated value?
  • How does one go about defining the target segment while developing the value proposition?
  • Would the principles of value creation change for businesses in food processing?
  • Why is it important for businesses to align their distribution strategy with the value proposition?
  • Why is it important to have complementary value chain partnerships to build a scalable and profitable business?
  • What is the role of incentives in building strong complementary partnerships?
  • How are value proposition and sustainability in agribusiness connected?
  • What is the difference between a business model and a business plan?
  • Can a business with a weak value proposition generate profits in the long-term?
Who it's for

Specially designed for newcomers and professionals alike

Are You New to Agribusiness or Agriculture?

The Food and Agriculture Business Models course is the perfect starting point for newcomers and professionals alike. All BSN-Agribusiness Academy and BSN-IFAL programmes require you to have completed this course before proceeding further.

Upon completion of this course, you are able to study further in Agribusiness with various industry-relevant qualifications such as the Food and Agribusiness Leadership Programme.

The course is delivered online with full support from Agribusiness Academy. You will work through 15 lessons that teach you how to design, implement and improve your business plan in agribusiness or agriculture.

This course will help you understand:

  • Formal business structures suitable for different agricultural value creation operations (for-profit private operations, cooperative structure, and social enterprises).
  • The approach to designing the four key business model components (differentiated value proposition, distribution channel aligned with the value proposition, committed chain partnerships, and sustainability elements).
  • The difference between a business model and a business plan.

Full course fee:

  • US$ 29.99


  • Study material (articles and abstracts)
How to apply

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Step 1 (optional) : Schedule a personal consultation

During a personal consultation you will receive a detailed explanation of the programme and will have the opportunity to ask all your questions. In addition, our advisor will work with you to see whether this programme is in line with your work, ambitions and curriculum and whether you qualify for exemptions.

Step 2: Fill out the online application form

It’s important to fill out the application correctly and attach all the supporting documents requested. As soon as we receive your application, you will be sent an email with instructions of your next steps.

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$30,- (Tax-free)35% Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries.
Duration of programme
4 - 6 hours

The Leadership Programme has exceeded my expectations; you have definitely scored a 9 out of 10! Initially, I thought I would primarily receive many examples and perhaps gain different insights through the group with which I undertook the course. I had noticed that you work in a practical and Action Learning-oriented manner, but it surprised me that it's much more human-centered and holistic than I could have ever dreamed.

Martin Baai
Project Leader Business Processes at CultuurSchakel
BSN Alumnus Martin Baai MBA

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BSN Alumnus Walter van der Vlist MBA

BSN develops great leaders who

are responsible
You demonstrate a forward-thinking approach and actively participate in identifying solutions to current challenges.
initiate change
You establish trust with all stakeholders of the organization, encourages collaboration and diverse perspectives, and ensure organised teamwork.
make informed decisions
You demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the organization and the critical importance of the change that is suggested, and you effectively contribute to the realisation of practical improvements that generate measurable benefits.
are results-driven
Your approach prioritises real results and emphasises the achievement of sustainable development goals. Your efforts are directed towards making a measurable impact and ensuring that these goals are effectively acknowledged.

Our tutors have earned their stripes extensively in the field. In addition to their field experience, they also have a good understanding of business models and strategies, making them uniquely capable of bridging the gap between strategy and practice.

Vijayender Nalla | Docent Food Security

Dr. Vijayender Nalla

Food Security Management


Frequently-asked questions

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Is this course suitable for beginners in agribusiness or agriculture?

Absolutely. The Food and Agriculture Business Models course is ideal for newcomers and professionals alike. It offers a strong foundation for understanding and navigating the complex world of agribusiness. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for all BSN-Agribusiness Academy programmes.

What are the opportunities for further study after completing this course?

Upon finishing the Food and Agriculture Business Models certificate course, you can explore advanced studies in Agribusiness. It serves as a prerequisite for various industry-relevant qualifications, such as the Food and Agribusiness Leadership Programme. This enables you to expand your expertise and career opportunities in the agribusiness sector.

What does the course cover?

The course consists of 15 lessons, 2 case studies, and 2 expert videos. It teaches you how to design, implement, and enhance your business plan in agribusiness or agriculture. Topics include formal business structures, key components of a business model, differentiation of value proposition, distribution channels, chain partnerships, and sustainability elements.

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