Agro Academy is intended as an opportunity for final year agriculture students at the universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad to gain practical skills in potato farming at the highest standards as employed by PepsiCo in the production of Chipsy brand crisps and snacks.
‘Sustainable crops are a key priority for us, which is why we are committed to investing not only in local potato production, but also in the knowledge of future growers – or, as we like to put it, 21st century farmers. For us, investing in young people and their education is of prime importance, so the students will be able to benefit from mentoring support and experience of experts on Marbo Product’s agriculture team and gain comprehensive knowledge about potato farming at the highest standards as employed by PepsiCo in the production of Chipsy brand products’, said Ljiljana Radosavljević, PPGA and Corporate Communications Manager at PepsiCo West Balkans.
Due to the evolving public health situation, this year’s lectures will be available to students as tailored video presentations via an online learning platform. After completing the online course, the students will have a chance to demonstrate innovative thinking by solving a case study; short-listed participants will receive a Chipsy Agro Academy diploma and get an opportunity to compete for work placement at Marbo Product.
‘It is exceptionally important for our students to be able to learn about best practices in agriculture and gain experience with how agribusinesses work. Serbia has much potential to develop sustainable crops, and we know that sustained and direct collaboration with industry is key for this. The Belgrade Faculty of Agriculture has been working with businesses for a century now, and has always endeavoured to follow emerging developments both at home and abroad and allow its students to gain practical knowledge of agriculture and food production during their studies’, said Dušan Živković, Dean of the Belgrade Faculty of Agriculture.