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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. 

Congratulatory Letter to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on his election as - President-Elect of the African Development Bank


Dr. Adesina: My Vision for Africa

  • Smart infrastructure 
  • Energy for all
  • A strong private sector
  • New economic opportunities that will deliver quality jobs and hope for millions of youths and women
  • Revival of Africa’s rural economies to lift many out of poverty, and 
  • Regional integration for shared prosperity. Full  statement 


Prof. Nick Vink is Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Previously he worked at the Development Bank of SA where he managed a portfolio of research and policy areas that included rural and agricultural development.

Nick has extensive Journal editing experience and is currently the Chief Editor of the African Journal of

Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE). He is also involved in many other initiatives of the Agricultural Economics community.

Prof. Vink is an Honorary Member of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) and the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE).

He served as President of AEASA (1991-1993) and of AAAE (2010-2013). He is currently on the Boards of the IAAE and AAAE. Nick loves publishing as he has been in charge of the Cowbell publication at the 2003, 2009, 2012, and now 2015 ICAE conferences.

Nick’s main research interests include agricultural development in Africa, land and agrarian reform, agricultural policy and wine economics.

If elected, he will be the first African President of the IAAE since it was founded.

To be eligible to vote for Nick and others, renew your membership at IAAE.

AAAE Distinguished Fellow Profile 

Prof Anthony E Ekpi joined the staff of the Department of Agricultural Economics in 1976 and rose to the rank of professor in October 1995. Prof. Ikpi obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Ibadan in 1970 and his Ph.D from Purdue University USA in 1976. He has taught courses in macro economics, agri-business management, financial management, research methodology, agricultural marketing and international trade. Prof. Ikpi’s research interests include agro-business development, household economics, food security, agricultural marketing and gender analysis. Prof. Ikpi has disseminated his research output in local and international journals as well as in technical reports, monographs and books. He has over 70 publications to his credit. Prof. Ikpi has supervised 10 Ph.Ds and over 40 M.Sc. students. Read more...

Dr Walter J. Armbruster is the retired long-serving Secretary/Treasurer of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He earned his bachelor’s (1962) and master’s (1964) degrees in Agricultural Economics from Purdue and a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University (1970). He is currently Managing Director of the Farm Foundation. Here are some of his thoughts on education, career, and life: On his early years: “I grew up on a small farm near Lawrenceburg in southern Indiana. We didn’t earn a living on the farm, but we learned the work ethic by raising enough animals to feed ourselves and to take to market, and by growing feed and grain for the animals and tending a huge garden. I spent many hours hunting and fishing and pursuing other outdoor activities, and that background gave me an appreciation for agriculture and for the environment.” 

“The most rewarding thing about my work is the opportunity to interact with national and international agricultural leaders in both public and private sectors. The Farm Foundation serves as a catalyst, bringing a lot of people together to talk about various topics. I meet a lot of interesting people that way.” Read more... 


2015 Agricultural Economics Conference (AEC) 24-26 May, 2015. Beijing, China.

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

The 4th International Agricultural Risk, Finance, and Insurance Conference (IARFIC). 7-9 June, 2015, Washington, D.C., USA.  

6th Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (EAAE/AIEAA) PhD Workshop, 8-10 June 2015, Rome Italy. Call for Papers.

2nd Annual International Conference on Agriculture and Forestry 2015. 10-12 June 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

4th Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA) Conference, Ancona, 11-12 June, 2015 

2nd International Conference on Advances in Environment, Agriculture Medical Sciences (ICAEAM'15), 11-12 June, 2015, Porto Bello Hotel Resort & Spa, Antalya, Turkey. 

25th International Food & Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Annual World Conference. June 14-17, 2015, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. 

20th International Farm Management Association (IFMA) Congress 12-17 July 2015, Québec City, Canada.

4th International Conference on Agriculture and Horticulture. “Enhancing Modern and Sustainable Agricultural Practices.” 13-15 July, 2015, Beijing, China 

International Conference on Advances in Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences (AABES-2015). 22-23 July, 2015, London, UK. 

2015 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) & Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) Joint Annual Meeting26-28 July, 2015 San Francisco, CA, USA

29th International Conference of Agricultural Economics (ICAE). Theme: Agriculture in an Interconnected World. August 8-14, 2015, Milan, Italy.

2nd International Conference on Agriculture, Environment and Biological Sciences (ICAEBS'15), 16-17 August, 2015, Bali, Indonesia. 

Sustainable Agriculture Conference, 6-8 November 2015, Durham, NC, USA. 

7th International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains17-20 November, 2015Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Contested Agronomy 2016: Dynamics, Cases and Implications. 23-25 February, 2016. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.

The 15th EAAE Congress. August 28th to September 1st 2017, Parma (Italy). 

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