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The Collaborative Institute for Global Agribusiness

Audencia in Ecuador & Brazil

The Collaborative Institute for Global Agribusiness brings together academic, corporate and scientific partners to provide multidimensional education, consulting and research for stakeholders across the global agricultural economy.

Founding members are based in France, Brazil, and Ecuador and include:

  • The Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)
  • ESPAE Graduate School of Management, ESPOL – Ecuador
  • TCAI Tejon Communication & Action International Ltda, an influential consulting company run by José Luis Tejon Megido, member of the Brazilian Marketing Academy Hall of Fame – Brazil
  • Audencia Business School – France


All programmes and initiatives at the Institute are based on three pillars - entrepreneurship and innovation, green growth and sustainable development, and talent management and strategic skills - and are designed to train leaders and assist companies and institutions who are shaping the future of this vital sector.

Founding locations

At AACSB-accredited ESPAE - Graduate School of Management, in the city of Guayaquil, students learn from experts in agribusiness and live in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. A top exporter of bananas, cocoa, shrimp and flowers, Ecuador is also home to innovative programmes such as SocioBosque, a national initiative that distributes $7 million annually to help communities implement sustainable agriculture.

TCAI Tejon Communication & Action International Ltda and The Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), the Institute’s partners in São Paulo, offer students connections with companies such as Tereos, the global leader in sugar production. Brazil has dramatically increased agricultural production in recent years, and agribusiness now accounts for one-third of the country’s jobs and nearly a quarter of its GDP.

The Nantes campus of triple-accredited Audencia is at the crossroads of Loire-Atlantique and Brittany, France’s two most important agricultural regions. Nantes is also home to the nation’s largest concentration of SMEs and multinational agribusiness companies and Europe’s largest concentration of agribusiness cooperation. Many of the largest organisations in the sector are Audencia partners.

Components

Degree programmes

The Institute offers standard degree programmes such as:

MSc in Food and Agribusiness Management, a double degree programme that prepares future managers to responsibly address agribusiness challenges using innovation


Get it touch with us if you’d like to partner in creating a boundary-pushing program in the field of agribusiness. We have experience working with academic, corporate and scientific partners.
 

Executive education

The focus of the Institute’s Nantes location, these programmes offer leaders in agribusiness the skills they need to design creative solutions, promote change and remain at the top of their field. Audencia has 40 years’ experience in executive education and trains more than 3,000 leaders, managers and experts each year. We offer expertise in tailor-made program development for institutions such as NEOVIA, TERRENA and INVIVO, and our students span from corporate executives to small-scale farmers.

In-company programmes

Institute faculty also provide custom, in-house training for companies in agribusiness.

The institute has expertise working with large cooperatives, agribusiness groups and retail partners on projects including research, training and strategic planning and implementation. Work is guided by the key values of innovation, cooperation and responsibility.

The Institute surveys leaders in agribusiness and publishes regular reports measuring the perspectives and developments of the agricultural economy, including economic indicators such as farmland values and commodity prices.

The Institute’s work includes think-tank and other research projects designed to identify and explore trends and best practices in the sector. Areas of expertise include energy and green logistics, support models for entrepreneurial farmers, agricultural risk management, marketing and adding value to agricultural products, aquaculture and more.

Contact and Partnering: Contact us about forming academic, corporate or scientific partnerships.