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Developing Agribusiness Achievement Standards

Author: Hampton, Peter; Allen, Kerry

Organisation: St Paul's Collegiate School, DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb New Zealand

Published: January 2014

Country: New Zealand

Research type: Report

This report provides a rationale for the recommendation of the introduction of Agribusiness Achievement Standards at NCEA Levels 2 and 3. The subject Agribusiness is defined as a course of study that integrates all the primary industries and businesses that comprise primary production. Primary industries comprises a group of sectors including; agriculture, aquaculture, dairy manufacturing, equine, forestry, horticulture, seafood, and sports turf that form the basis of modern primary production. Primary industry businesses often called agribusinesses include companies that are involved along the whole value chain including the manufacture, production operations, storage, processing, distribution of product and supplies, marketing of primary products and items made from them, along with support industries such as fertiliser companies, veterinarians, rural consultants and accountants. Through the focused learning of Agribusiness, students engage in future and innovative thinking and develop problem-solving strategies and lifelong skills. They build knowledge of the whole operation, and are encouraged to find innovative solutions to challenging operational issues. They will learn the economic, physical / climatic, political, environmental, technological, historical, social, ethical, and cultural influences on agribusinesses and the interrelationships of science, business, technology, society, and the environment.