Well known for the Tango, its gastronomy and Messi, Argentina is also a growing agricultural giant in South America.
At a glance:
- Agriculture represents more than 40% of Argentina’s export market, valued well over 180 billion Argentinian Pesos and generating more than 600,000 jobs.
- The growing agro-industry requires skilled agricultural scientists
- Consequently, there is a growing number of opportunities for agricultural scientists
According to a recent report from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Argentina is among the Latin American countries with the highest annual investment in the agricultural research sector, with nearly 2 billion Argentinian pesos invested in agricultural research in 2013 alone.
Crop production and the associated agroindustry represent the fastest growing sector in Argentina
Currently, crop production and the associated agro-industry represent the fastest growing sector in Argentina, says Gustavo Striker, Assistant Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.
“Agriculture represents more than 40% of the country’s export market, valued well over 180 billion Argentinian Pesos and generating more than 600,000 jobs,” he says.
But this growing industry requires a new generation of professionals, trained on multiple fronts.
“The job scene in Argentina is promising for a well-trained professional, ready to work in a team and with sophisticated analytical and communication skills, both in English and Spanish, as this is required to interact with the different players in the production chain of this sector,” says Striker.
The agro-industry needs graduates with strong communication skills and expertise in genetics, soil science, plant and human nutrition, integrated pest management, livestock production, agricultural economics and agribusiness, among many others fields.
UWA offers multiple opportunities for students wishing to develop a career in the agricultural industry. The course structure allows for the development of research across a broad range of topics in areas such as genetics, soil science, plant and human nutrition, integrated pest management, livestock production, and agricultural economics, among many others.
UWA is ranked 24th in the world for Life and Agricultural Sciences (ARWU 2016) and provides a world-class postgraduate program with four unique specialisations: Agricultural Economics, Crop and Livestock Farming Systems, Genetics and Breeding and Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. These specialisations provide ideal knowledge and skills for students who seek a career in the Argentinian agricultural sector, says Dr Striker.
“Argentina is a country with a growing agricultural industry, and will need graduates prepared in these fields,” says Dr Striker.
One of the advantages of UWA's program is the mix of plant and animal biology, soil science, and economics, explains Professor Tim Colmer, Plant Physiologist at UWA and coordinator of the Master of Agricultural Science program.
Our graduates have achieved successful careers in agronomy, farm management, international development organisations, among many others
“You get to work with international experts and apply your knowledge in leading facilities such as our glass houses or the University farm. Some of our units include opportunities to interact with industry and access summer internships,” says Professor Colmer.
About the future, Professor Colmer says that the agricultural sector in Argentina and elsewhere in the world will need from both scientists and economists, and the UWA program will help students to get involved.
“If you join our program you can get careers working in agronomy, farm management and international development organisations, among many others,” says Professor Colmer.
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