Conference Theme: 6th AAAE conference

In the medical field, 20/20 is the hallmark of human being’s ability to see clearly. Over the past three decades, the year 2020 was commonly used as the target against which development plans where set. Taking advantage of the double entendre, many African governments, regional economic blocks, and development agencies developed vision statements and strategic plans for economic growth and environmental sustainability. As we approach this key milestone, it is fitting to take stock of the achievements to date as well as new challenges facing agricultural development in Africa.

Rising to meet new challenges: Africa’s agricultural development beyond 2020 Vision” is the theme for the 6th African Association of Agricultural Economists triennial conference. The conference will be held in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, from 23-26 September, 2019.

The conference will explore the recent developments in agricultural systems across Africa. Key drivers of change include population growth, rapid urbanization, productivity enhancing innovation, climate change, the rise of agri-preneurship, land reform, as well as policy and investment priorities by governments and development partners. To be relevant in the midst of this dizzying array of new developments, agricultural economists must put these developments in context, present evidence on their causes and consequences, and anticipate the policy challenges that governments will be facing and seeking guidance on in the next few years. This conference will bring together leading scholars, policy makers, agribusiness representatives and development practitioners to examine how these new mega-trends are shaping agricultural development in Africa.

Key sub-themes will include some of the following:

  • Adopting new technologies and farming practices
  • Agricultural and resource policies
  • Climate change and adaptation 1
  • Collective action in agriculture
  • Consumption studies
  • Explaining production practices
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Market access
  • Prices and market integration
  • Program/project impact
  • Refining analytical techniques
  • Servicing farmers: finances and extension
  • Structural features of agriculture
  • Trade, farming systems and storage
  • Urban rural links and unemployment
  • Value chain analyses

We hope that you can join us as we explore Africa’s agricultural development beyond 2020 vision. The Nigerian Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economics (NAAE) will co-host this event.