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MSc Study Program on

Agricultural and Food Economics (AFECO)

Will we be able to feed the world in 2050?
How do farmers handle the economic challenges and opportunities of globalized world markets in times of climate change?
How do producers and processors react to permanently increasing requirements of consumers regarding food safety and sustainability?
How can natural resources be preserved by a competition oriented and sustainable agrifood sector?

Agricultural economics provide answers to these and other questions – a growing global population, increasing land use conflicts, changing consumer behaviour and ongoing climate change will demand this type of expertise in the future.

The Master study program „Agricultural and Food Economics“ (AFECO) of the University of Bonn provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills for analysis and development of economic activities and related policies from fork to food, i.e. along the value chain from production on farms, via processing and trading, up to the consumption of food. Active learning by participating in research projects is part of our curriculum.

Agricultural Economics at Bonn University has achieved an internationally outstanding position in the field of mathematical modelling and information systems as well as communication in food chain management. Our students benefit from our international orientation beyond the Master of Science in the 4 semester AFECO study programme:

  • the  joint Double Degree Programme "BOWACO" („one study program – two degrees“) with the University of  Wageningen/NL
    Website: Bonn Wageningen Cooperation (BOWACO)
  • the joint Double Degree with the European Master Programme in "Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA)“ offered by a consortium of 4  European partner universities (the University of Bonn, the Swedish University of Agricultural  Sciences in Uppsala, the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium) and the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy) and three associated partners (Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago). Participating students would spend one year each at two of the European partner universities with the possibilit of short exchange visit to an associated partner university.
    Website: Master Programme Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy analysis (AFEPA)  

AFCEO, alone or in conjunction with these programs, provides excellent opportunities at the highest international standard, prepares for doctoral studies and involves active cooperations with public and private research institutes in the field of agricultural and resource economics.

It offers an international program teaching state-of-the-art tools and skills which qualifies you for manyfold leadership activities in business, public administrations and research institutes. Holders of an AFECO degree find their employment opportunities in service companies like insurances and consulting firms, in business companies, in associations, non-profit organisations and public authorities of the agricultural and food sector, of environmental protection and of development cooperation. The food industry meanwhile is the fourth ranked and still growing branch of German industry of nearly 6,000 esp. medium-sized companies. In our modern society, these companies offer future and world market oriented jobs.

Since 1847 located at Poppelsdorf Castle, we are in the center of a traditional and well-known research campus of the international city of science and of global summits, the city of Bonn. The location next to the river Rhine, surrounded by the hilly areas of the Eifel and the Siebengebirge, in the mid of Europe in short distance to all of the most important metropolitan regions we provide an ideal place for your studies!



Manuela Meraner
Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)
University of Bonn
Nußallee 19
D-53115 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 73-3036


Ursula Rickert, Dipl. Ing. (FH)
Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR)
University of Bonn
Meckenheimer Allee 174
D-53115 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 73-3121


Last Updated:Tuesday, December 19, 2017