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Climate change, global epidemics and war have highlighted the agri-food industry and the surviving companies, and the need to change and evolve constantly. Food sovereignty, sustainable and rational agriculture, ecological transition, changes are now at the heart of the concerns of many companies. To meet these many challenges, students must have mastered all aspects of the business, from management to technical skills.

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In the midst of industry and agriculture, agri-food is an ever-evolving business sector with many challenges. According to Panorama 2022 of the agri-food industriesFrance’s agri-food industry represents the second European market in terms of turnover behind Germany, i.e., 197.5 billion euros.

The crisis in Covid-19, global warming and now the war in Ukraine show the challenges and difficulties of this sector of activity. Between food shortages, climate damage and cessation of import/export, it is necessary to restore a particular food sovereignty and innovate to offer other food solutions that are both more healthier and more sustainable.

Living business: what is it?

Agriculture, fishing, agri-food, landscape and forest professions, there are many living professions. If we add those biotechnologies, bio-cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, we will come to an expanded sector of activity in perpetual innovation and in continuous evolution, forming innovative and meaningful professions. Training in the living professions means being an actor in the agro-ecological transition of industries to the sector, to offer a more sustainable model, more respectful of the environment and animal welfare, to ensure healthier food , while surviving economically. For this, many training courses are offered to students to train them in new management techniques or new business models.

What training must be done to succeed in the agri-food and lifestyle industry sector?

A rapidly changing sector, the agri-food industry needs graduates who are capable of having a 360 ° view of a project, with profiles that have mastered both technical and managerial aspects. And the sector offers many training courses such as masters, specialized masters or even MBAs. Thanks to these diplomas, students can occupy a position of product manager, project manager, consultant, quality manager, QHSE manager or even innovation and R&D manager upon graduation.

Classified and recognized diplomas

According to 2022 Eduniversal rankingwhich ranks the best masters, MS and MBA in all sectors, here are the 10 best diplomas, in France, in the Management category of the food industry.

1. Specialized Master in Management of Lifestyle Companies and Agrofood, emlyon business school / Institut Agro Montpellier

2. Masternova-Specialized Master in Innovation Management in Agro-activities and Bio-industries, NEOMA Business School / AgroParisTech

3. MSc Food and Agribusiness Management (FAM), Audencia

4. MS Marketing, communication and engineering of agro-food products, EM Normandie / UniLaSalle

5. Master’s in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, agriculture and agri-food sector, IHEDREA

6. Professional Master in International Agricultural and Agrifood Affairs, IHEDREA

7. Food Business Manager Title RNCP Level 7 Bac+5, ISEMA

8. Master GPLA, Management of Food and Process Companies, IGR-IAE Rennes

9. Agrifood Project Manager (RNCP Level I Title), IFRIA

10. Master 2 – Food science and business management (SAME), Institut Agro Rennes -Angers

Focus on Expert Master in Management of Lifestyle and Agrifood Companies

Provided by emlyon business school, in collaboration with Institut Agro Montpellier and Vetagro Sup Lyon, the specialized master’s degree in the management of lifestyle and agri-food companies (Maeva) aims to train specialized specialists in strategic sectors. Accessible in file and online tests, MS Maeva is intended for bac+5, and provides intensive training in the management of the food and lifestyle industries. This training is open to agricultural engineers, pharmacists, academics in biology, chemistry or health, but also to business school graduates, management university graduates or even IEPs.

Two paths are available to students, who will be chosen in the second semester. A Marketing course and a Finance/Management course.

Throughout the year, students are required to perform a number of group assignments, particularly in Modification of previous makersconsisting of a collaborative educational challenge aimed at deconstructing current economic models.

With 13 months of training in Specialized Masters in Management of lifestyle and agri-food companies, six months are devoted to professional assignments. The master also offers its students an international seminar at the end of the first semester as well as an optional semester abroad.

The article was produced in collaboration with emlyon business school

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