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URI FLP - New Zealand: Sustainable AgriBusiness
Queenstown, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
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This is an international course devoted to the issues and challenges involved in creating sustainable agribusinesses. Students will study the practices, relations and processes in the formation and development of environmentally and economically sustainable agrifood and fibre businesses. They will be introduced to debates about different forms of value that are part of the formation of sustainable  agrifood/fibre enterprises. This course will include an introduction to methods for market analysis,  business planning and organizational design. The course will extend and test the students’ use and understanding of key business concepts through exposure, engagement and analysis of a rich set of real-world food and fibre businesses in Aoteoaroa New Zealand (NZ).
The course will involve student spending two weeks traveling and studying agrifood and fibre businesses in NZ. The program will be facilitated by staff from Massey University, New Zealand’s premier agricultural university. The program begins in Queenstown, in NZ’s South Island and moves North visiting case study enterprises  in sustainable milk, wool, wine, meat, honey, aquaculture and tourism industries in the South Island. A particular focus will be on business and organizations run for and by Maori, Aotearoa’s indigenous community. The program concludes with a two day visit to the national’s capital, Wellington, where students will learn more about Government and large corporate engagement with sustainable agribusiness and have a chance to complete their assessed course work.



Students will earn 3 URI credits for BUS 446: Advanced Management Seminar.

This course is targeted to students in the College of Business, as well as students in food and agriculture related majors in the Colleges of the Environment and Life Sciences and the Health Collaborative (such as Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, Animal and Veterinary Science and Technology, Nutrition and Food Science, Plant Sciences, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems). This will result in a interdisciplinary team of students that will work collaboratively to develop a business plan for a sustainable agrifood/fibre business.

Learning objectives: 
At the end of the course the student will, using appropriate business concepts, be able to critically analyze the key features of successful sustainable agrifood businesses and apply that knowledge and skill acquired through the course and previous courses to develop a plan to develop their own such enterprise. Evaluate the importance of diversity, equity and justice, as well as the role of social factors (e.g. culture, economics, policy) on food agribusinesses from local to global scales. Knowledge gained in this course will position students to create local & global solutions to a wide variety of complex challenges related to sustainable agricultural and food systems using interdisciplinary approaches & teams (one of the learning goals of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program).



Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms while in New Zealand. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


Program Fee: $5,598

Program fee includes: 
  • 3 URI credits
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees subject to change.



W.E. Douglas Creed, Ph.D.
(401) 874-5806 -

Marta Gonez-Chiarri, Ph.D.
(401) 874-2917 -

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