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Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc) - Specialisation Livestock Chains

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Keeping up with international developments

This applied Master programme is designed for mid-career horticulture, livestock or forest professionals working in the private or public sector. It is suitable for candidates tasked to increase efficiency, control product quality or facilitating the linkage between chain stakeholders as a chain supporter. This programme is experience-based and practise-oriented and approaches value chain development from the different perspectives of sustainability, business economics, logistics, quality management, certification, marketing, information flows and international trends.

The programme focuses on facilitating developments and innovations in the agricultural production chain while keeping up with fluctuations in demands and policies. Graduates are competent to conduct applied research towards resilient value chain governance and design new business models for chain actors. Graduates are also trained to reflect on their professionalism in an international business environment. This Master programme provides all competences required to build sustainable relations with chain stakeholders and to communicate global value chain developments in a multicultural setting. 

Specialising in Livestock Chains

Livestock produce such as milk, meat, eggs and their various by-products travel through a series of stakeholders and channels before making their way to domestic and international markets. Stakeholders within these livestock production chains work in a dynamic environment, experiencing rapid technological development and an ever-increasing number of national and international regulations and quality standards. Livestock Chain Management specialists are equipped to evaluate each actor in the chain (suppliers, farmers, collectors, processors, traders, retailers and consumers) from various perspectives. They become competent in introducing climate-smart agricultural practices and in facilitating vertical and horizontal linkages from grass to glass or from pork to fork. They will thus enhance their ability to manage, facilitate and innovate within the livestock value chains.

Career opportunities

  • Chain facilitator
  • Chain manager
  • Value Chain Specialist
  • Value Chain Researcher
  • Project coordinator
  • Innovation manager
  • Transition manager
  • Policy maker
  • Auditor quality assurance
  • Trainer / instructor
  • Consultant 


Our Master programmes are eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

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