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You may wish to consider our offsite program, Agribusiness Seminar—Africa.

To design an effective and resilient global food system for the future, today's agribusiness companies must navigate an increasingly complex environment. Meeting the needs of the globe's expanding population will require transforming supply chains in the context of climate extremes, volatile commodity prices, shifting capital markets, and evolving consumer demand. For more than 50 years, agribusiness leaders from around the world have gathered for the Agribusiness Seminar at Harvard Business School (HBS) to discuss the changing global landscape and new strategies they can deploy to seize emerging opportunities and lead change across the industry.

In this renowned seminar, you'll explore agribusiness leadership and best practices covering a wide array of business, economic, political, environmental, and social issues. As you gain insight into today's global agribusiness marketplace, you will prepare for sustained success.

What You Can Expect

In January, join a diverse group of agribusiness and food industry peers who share your passion for building leadership capacity in the world's most important sector. Through a holistic exploration of agribusiness trends and challenges, you'll lay the foundation for business growth and a better future for the planet and its people.

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In January, join a diverse group of agribusiness and food industry peers who share your passion for building leadership capacity in the world's most important sector. Through a holistic exploration of agribusiness trends and challenges, you'll lay the foundation for business growth and a better future for the planet and its people.

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Your Course of Study

Each year, the seminar features in-depth study of a completely new set of cases designed to illuminate emerging industry trends and opportunities. Through dynamic classroom exchanges led by expert HBS faculty, you will expand your industry perspective and improve strategic skills. The broad range of topics will include breakthrough innovations in the industry, volatility in the global climate and global economy, strategies for strengthening supply chains, the expectations and needs of today's consumers, the impact of shifting capital markets, and more.

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Each year, the seminar features in-depth study of a completely new set of cases designed to illuminate emerging industry trends and opportunities. Through dynamic classroom exchanges led by expert HBS faculty, you will expand your industry perspective and improve strategic skills. The broad range of topics will include breakthrough innovations in the industry, volatility in the global climate and global economy, strategies for strengthening supply chains, the expectations and needs of today's consumers, the impact of shifting capital markets, and more.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This seminar is designed for experienced leaders in all sectors of the global food and agribusiness industry, ranging from senior executives in large established companies to heads of family businesses and agribusiness entrepreneurs.

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This seminar is designed for experienced leaders in all sectors of the global food and agribusiness industry, ranging from senior executives in large established companies to heads of family businesses and agribusiness entrepreneurs.

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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.

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. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit; and faculty chair of the European Research Initiative; faculty chair of "Agribusiness Seminar—Africa" and faculty cochair of the "Global Energy Seminar." Read Full Bio
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Marketing Unit; and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover. Read Full Bio

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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.

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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. Member of the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit; and faculty chair of the European Research Initiative; faculty chair of "Agribusiness Seminar—Africa" and faculty cochair of the "Global Energy Seminar."

José B. Alvarez

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Member of the Marketing Unit; and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover.

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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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