Sustainable Food Supply Chains

Online Mini-MBA Programme


Designed to challenge and develop your staff on the most important topic in food supply chains

A certificated programme brought to you in partnership:


“Companies are increasingly taking actions that result in better social, economic and environmental impacts because society expects this and because there are business benefits to doing so.” 

   – United Nations report on Supply Chain Sustainability

Businesses across the entire food chain are seeking professional talent that is equipped to design and deliver on their supply chain sustainability mandate; increasingly that they understand that this is a business and environmental necessity.

Do your staff have the skills and knowledge to contribute to this mandate?

If not, this Mini-MBA is the perfect development for your business.

Agribusiness Academy and Business School Netherlands come together to offer this unique certificate 6-month Mini-MBA for professionals with more than 2 years of work experience within the food and agribusiness supply chains.

Business School Netherlands and Agribusiness Academy have had more than 2 years of collaboration in delivering well-received action learning programmes on food security management for students from diverse parts of the world.

We are able to start your staff members on this program at any time throughout the year.

The cost of the Mini-MBA programme is £1500 / $2000 / €1700 per staff member (excluding taxes). We are currently working with cohorts of 15+ learners, creating a closed, collaborative learning environment for your staff to learn, interact and develop their skills and your business, together.


The Course

The Mini-MBA contain six modules, each delivered over one month. Click into a module to explore the learning objectives.

Module 1: Business Model for Food Chains

  • Learn the Competitive value proposition tool design and apply it to their specific case context
  • Learn how to design distribution strategy that is aligned with the value proposition
  • Learn the approach and mechanisms that align the risk-rewards for the supply chain
  • Learn to review the sustainability elements in the context of the value chain

Module 2: Value out of Food Losses & Waste

  • Learn to design the waste stream mapping and applying it to their business context
  • Learn to apply the lean production management to food production and distribution
  • Learn to review and apply technologies to create circular and disruptive supply chains

Module 3: Food Product Innovation & Compliance

  • Learn the tools (such as design thinking) to create the right food product innovations and their connection with competitive and sustainable supply chains
  • Understand the fundamentals of food product formulation to be able to design an executable value proposition
  • Design the right processes to ensure supply chain wide safety and transparency

Module 4: Food Retail and Consumer-Side Developments

  • Learn the distribution and retail trend patterns and map them appropriately to the specific business context
  • Learn the approaches to interact with consumers/shopper and leverage that data for fine-tuning and re-defining value proposition

Module 5: Sustainable Sourcing and Logisitics

  • Learn and apply supplier selection frameworks
  • Learn and apply supplier risk management tools
  • Learn and apply Spend management tools
  • Learn about and apply Cold chain logistics innovations and last mile logistics innovations

Module 6: Managing Data, Resources and Social Elements

  • Learn to apply the analytical tools that fit the food supply chain needs
  • Learn the role of water in food and understand frameworks for better water management in food
  • Learn the tools and developments that can enable packaging contributing to the supply chain sustainability
  • Learn the innovations in energy management along the entire food supply chain
  • Learn the people challenges that needs careful planning not just for the business but for the supply chain
  • Learn the financing tools that ensure supply chain wide finance sustainability

Overall Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding

  • Learners will develop a system level understanding of the supply-demand dynamics of the food and agribusiness supply chains (all the way from agriculture inputs, food production, food processing, through to retail and the consumer)
  • Learners will develop an understanding of the technology, process and other innovations that enable businesses to build sustainable supply chains
  • Learners will have a good understanding of the global, environmental, social and ethical developments, dilemmas and challenges affecting the development of the food & agribusiness sectors

Intellectual and cognitive skills and actionable skills

  • Learners will develop a sound understanding of the tools, frameworks, technologies and action then in a real-life business context
  • Learners can formulate the business challenges appropriately and work towards fixing them through appropriate execution tools and frameworks relevant for the business context
  • Learners develop openness and ability to create value in environments with diversity in culture, skill and perspectives
  • Learners are equipped to contribute to a sustainable food Supply chains within the 3-P (People, planet and profit) framework and inspire others in their working environment and professional networks to do the same

[NEW] Programme Schedule

The Structure

During the first month, learners are set a practical project by your business (decided upon with the guidance of Agribusiness Academy); this would be a personalized assignment based on the staff member’s job role and ambition. Each subsequent month, they will apply the tools, frameworks and learning from each module to the practical project. They will be supported in this with 1-to-1 mentoring sessions each month.

In addition, each module will contain the following elements:

  • 2 online interactive lectures (3 hours total)
  • 2 online interactive action learning workshops (3 hours total)
  • 3 self-study action learning exercises (average of 6 hours total)

The program will require 10-15 hours of learning per month which could be a contracted hours, home study or a mix of both.

Throughout the program, your staff will work out innovative solutions to the pressing supply chain and sustainability challenges of your business. Discussion forums will be open and active every day during the six month period – these are exclusive to your staff only, unless a wider context is sought. Agribusiness Academy mentors and learning managers are always there to support.

In order to gain certification:

  1. Each learner will submit a final report addressing different module elements related to their practical project for expert review.
  2. Each learner will submit his/her “Personal Effectiveness Paper (PeP)” meeting the Business School Netherland guidelines

You can view our entire catalogue of courses to get an idea of our delivery methods and expertise.


About BSN

Business School Netherlands (BSN) has been delivering Action Learning MBAs for around 28 years now.

As the Action Learning business school, BSN is not alone in recognising the value of Action Learning. Progressive organisations such as General Electric, Unilever, Rabobank, Aloca Agro, Motorola, Arthur Andersen, General Motors and Lyondell Chemical Co. also believe in the Action Learning approach. They have achieved amazing results in the field of problem-solving, identifying competitive advantages, reducing operating costs and becoming learning organisations.

Over 3,500 students from all over the world have joined our programmes in countries such as Aruba, Namibia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Egypt, Algeria, Tanzania, Pakistan, Armenia, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Czech Republic, China and so much more.

Agribusiness Academy has partnered with BSN to provide an innovative online approach to action learning, which has received praise from students and faculty alike.


  • 2012: Dutch publication Management Team named Business School Netherlands ‘Best MBA-provider in the Netherlands’;
  • 2014: Business School Netherlands achieves over 20 years of holding the CEDEO stamp of approval for excellent customer satisfaction;
  • 2015: Business School Netherlands receives triple accreditation status (NVAO, ACBSP and EduQua)
  • 2016: Business School Netherlands became a founding member of the new accreditation body, the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA);
  • 2016: The Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA was ranked as European Tier One

Student Feedback

“Agribusiness Academy came to me at a time when I had to make critical changes in the way value chains are run. I found the courses so useful, so inspiring, and a push in the right direction. It is the best thing that’s happened to me this year.” 

Take up this exciting staff development initiative

To find out more and speak to a member of our team about the fit for your business and staff, please fill out the form below.