Agribusiness is constantly evolving: while demand continues to grow, consumer needs shift, production challenges intensify, and new technology impacts every aspect of the value chain. To adapt, the food industry and agricultural businesses must think innovatively, move quickly, and continually reconfigure themselves. For more than 50 years, senior decision makers from around the globe have gathered to discuss these challenges, trends, and innovative ideas at the Agribusiness Seminar at Harvard Business School (HBS).

What You Can Expect

In January, you'll join a diverse group of agribusiness and food industry peers who are also interested in building leadership capacity in the world's most important sector. Through a holistic exploration of agribusiness challenges and best practices—encompassing business, economic, political, environmental, and social issues—you'll gain new insight into today's global marketplace, discover new sources of inspiration, and lay the foundation for business growth and a better future for the planet.

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In January, you'll join a diverse group of agribusiness and food industry peers who are also interested in building leadership capacity in the world's most important sector. Through a holistic exploration of agribusiness challenges and best practices—encompassing business, economic, political, environmental, and social issues—you'll gain new insight into today's global marketplace, discover new sources of inspiration, and lay the foundation for business growth and a better future for the planet.

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Your Course of Study

Leveraging the case method pioneered by Harvard Business School, the Agribusiness Seminar blends structured learning with ample opportunity for trend analysis, idea exchange, and industry networking. In this seminal program, you'll expand your global perspective and improve your strategic skills through all-new cases that explore topics such as the shifting role of government, food security around the world, consumer views of agribusiness, and investments in developing markets like Africa.

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Leveraging the case method pioneered by Harvard Business School, the Agribusiness Seminar blends structured learning with ample opportunity for trend analysis, idea exchange, and industry networking. In this seminal program, you'll expand your global perspective and improve your strategic skills through all-new cases that explore topics such as the shifting role of government, food security around the world, consumer views of agribusiness, and investments in developing markets like Africa.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This world-renowned seminar is designed for experienced senior executives from large established organizations across the global food and agribusiness industry.

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This world-renowned seminar is designed for experienced senior executives from large established organizations across the global food and agribusiness industry.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business. Head of the Marketing Unit; and faculty chair of the "Agribusiness Seminar." Read Full Bio
John D. Black Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit; faculty chair of the European Research Initiative; and faculty cochair of the "Global Energy Seminar." Read Full Bio
Director, Agribusiness Program. Former chair of the board of RiceTec, Inc., and immediate past president of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA). 

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

David E. Bell

Faculty Chair
George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business. Head of the Marketing Unit; and faculty chair of the "Agribusiness Seminar."

Forest L. Reinhardt

John D. Black Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit; faculty chair of the European Research Initiative; and faculty cochair of the "Global Energy Seminar."

Mary L. Shelman

Director, Agribusiness Program. Former chair of the board of RiceTec, Inc., and immediate past president of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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