African Association of Agricultural Economists

Association Africaine des Agroeconomistes 

The African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) is an association of Agricultural economists and other professionals with special interest in agricultural economic issues and affairs, working in agriculture and broadly related fields of applied economics, and issues related to policy and improving the productivity of African agriculture. 

Projected agriculture in 2080 due to climate change 

How to help farmers Survive climate change

Burkina Faso is located in the heart of the Sahel, which means that it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. Its farmers may know little of the physical causes of global warming, but they know about its effects – not least the huge variability in rainfall patterns, from droughts to flooding, which lead to lost harvests, the erosion of pastureland, and food crises.

As a result, the concept of sustainable agriculture has been gaining ground for several years, both internationally and in Burkina Faso. The term features in political discourse and has become a key approach to global agricultural development. Indeed, sustainability is now a driving force in agriculture – and as important as productivity was in previous decades. More

By: Issa Martin Bikienga is an Agricultural Economist and a former Agriculture Minister of Burkina Faso.

Published in collaboration with Project Syndicate

AAAE Distinguished Fellow Profile 

Prof Nick Vink is the current Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Stellenbosch, and the immediate past and 3rd President of the AAAE. Prof. Vink joined the University of Stellenbosch as professor in agricultural economics in 1996 after 11 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He is an agricultural economist specializing in agricultural and agribusiness development policy, land reform and empowerment, agricultural marketing, tax and international trade issues. Prof Vink has been involved in a range of official government Commissions and Committees of investigation, inter alia in the deregulation of agricultural marketing and the provision of rural financial services. He has consulted widely to national departments (Water Affairs and Forestry, Agriculture, Land Affairs, Labour, Trade and Industry, Cooperative Governance and the Treasury); provincial departments and internationally (among others for the World Bank, IFPRI, FAO, USAID, DFID, etc.). He is currently (since 2013) the Chief Editor of African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE). He was editor of Development Southern Africa (1988-1996) and of Agrekon (2002-2010). He is a prolific publisher, having published widely, both nationally and internationally, with more than 100 academic publications to his credit. Nick He was inducted in 2010 as International Honorary Fellow of the African Agricultural Economics Association Read more...

William A. Masters is a Professor of Food Economics, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics at Tufts University. He attained his BA (1984) in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and his PhD (1991) in Applied Economics at the Food Reasearch Institute, Stanford University. Prof. Masters joined Tufts University since July 2010. Prior to that, he was a Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University (1991-2010) where he served as an Associate Head, Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. In 2003-2004, he was a visiting Professor at Columbia University's The Earth Institute of International and Public Affairs. He has also had stints in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Center for International Development, Stanford University (1985-1991) and University of Zimbabwe (1988-1990. Prof. Masters is a recipient of several Professional Awards, several selected professional service and appointments. He has published selected books and numerous peer-reviewed research articles and selected book chapters. He was inducted in 2010 as International Honorary Fellow of the African Agricultural Economics Association. Read more... 


The 9th Conference of the African Farm Management Association (AFMA-9). 16-20 November 2014, Cape Town, South Africa.

Food in the Bio-based Economy – Sustainable Provision and Access 27–29 May 2015, Hotel de Wageningsche Berg,  Wageningen, the Netherlands. Call for papers

29th ICAE Conference. Theme: Agriculture in an Interconnected World. August 8-14, 2015, Milan, Italy. Call for papers. 

6th EAAE/AIEAA PhD Workshop, 8-10 June 2015, Rome Italy. Call for Papers.

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