Message from the President-elect
Dr. Augustine Langyintuo
Dear AAAE Member,
It is with great pleasure that I reach out to you on my own behalf as President Elect and on behalf of the newly elected Executive Committee of this great Association. As you all probably know, I was unable to join the last AAAE Conference in Tunis, Tunisia due to some pressing pre-committed institutional assignment, and for which I apologize.
I was pleased to hear that the conference went very well despite some hick-ups but humbled by my election as your President for the next three years. I remain indebted to the Association members who successfully marketed my candidature. I acknowledge the Vice President Elect for giving the acceptance speech on my behalf. On behalf of the incoming Executive Committee, I thank you all for the confidence you have in us by electing us to steer the affairs of the Association.
While welcoming all the newly elected Executive Committee Members to take up the challenge you have bestowed on us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the out-going Executive Committee members very much for their strong leadership of the AAAE over the last three years. I know it was no mean challenge but with dedication and fortitude they did it par excellence! But that would not have been possible without your support. I am reliably informed that your dedication to the ideals and objectives of AAAE contributed immensely to the smooth running of this august Association.
I am convinced that the incoming Executive Committee Members you elected will continue with the good works of the out-going Executive Committee and hopefully aim at steering the affairs of the AAAE to greater heights with the guidance of the out-going executives. But let me hasten to say that our dream of making AAAE an enviable Association of choice will remain an illusion without your support - we need you!!
Let me end this short message with a request that we will be reaching out to you within the coming weeks on what WE should do together to create your dream AAAE. My very best wishes to you.
Dr. Augustine Langyintuo (President-elect)
Quotes from women participants during the 4th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists
22 – 25 September 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia
Attending and presenting my paper , which is part of my Ph.D research increased my confidence and visibility. I felt a sense of achievement, knowing that my work is getting attention of researchers in Africa. I was able to get comments from people that will improve this work and make my future research and presentations more significant. It also re-inforced within me, the resolve to carry out worldclass research and to always seek iinternational fora to disseminate my findings.
Ebele Amaechina, University of Nigeria, Nsukka - Nigeria
This was my first International African Agricultural Economics conference and I was amazed about the number of women who part took in this great conference, especially the younger generation (both sexes). There was a good ratio of young and the old women representatives and we could learn a lot from each other and even from our men counterparts.It was a great learning platform especially for us as budding agricultural economists, because we had the opportunity to engage with the renowned names in the industry.
Vanessa Barends, Resource Economics (YPP), Department of Agriculture
During the AGM, I realized that some parts of Africa did not have representatives (North Africa) which could in a way hinder the activities of AAAE in such places. This calls for mobilization of scholars from such regions to equally benefit from AAAE. Willingness to pay was one of the most common presentations made during the conference. I learnt Laddering technique which is a means end approach for the first time. Being a young scholar, during my presentation I got to learn what it meant when you run a model and error term turns out to be significant. Also the comments I got where really educative. Am privileged that somebody from Benin picked interest in my research God willing will be coming to Uganda to work together which in away will further develop my skills as agricultural economist. Many thanks to the sponsors for making this a wonderful event without which it would not have happened.
Participating at the 4thAAAE Conference was a demonstration of my commitment to agricultural economics and to the association. The conference was of high quality covering a wide range of topics and I hope to generate ideas for articles that I may produce to address key issues in agriculture and in the process establish myself as a valuable resource for others. I got a chance to communicate with known leaders in agriculture whom I had only recognized through their articles. I learned a lot in the three days, and the opportunity to present my research findings was invaluable. I am indebted to the AAAE, and all the donors who made this possible.
Tabitha Nduku Mutisya, Consultant, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Nairobi, Kenya
The opportunity to participate in the 4th ICAAE in Tunisia courtesy of ACIAR and other sponsors was an eye opener for me. The great wealth of knowledge exhibited by the many papers presented was amazing. It was exciting that most of the papers were touching on the core of impending African problems. I was amazed by the enormous recommendations on issues relating to agricultural commercialization and improvement of livelihoods among the farming communities especially the marginalized poor who are mainly women. The opportunity to network and get to learn best practices was worthwhile. As a woman, it was encouraging to see the great contribution that fellow women are making in research. I was very challenged to meet female students pursuing doctoral positions especially from Africa where prejudices on the same are still high. The conference was remarkable!
Catherine Mawia Mwema, Research Associate (Economics), International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Nairobi - Kenya
The 4th AAAE Conference provided me with a rich platform not only to interact with my fellow African Agricultural Economists but also to share my knowledge and acquire new research skills in my field of development. The organization of the conference was very interactive and selected high level caliber papers that provided a diversity of development research quests. I would not like to miss this forum in future.
Beatrice W. Muriithi, Department of Economic and Technological Change Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
The 4th AAAE conference was an eye opener to me on current issues in Agricultural development in Africa. It was good learning about production and marketing challenges that need to be dealt with and opportunities that need to be maximized. As an upcoming scientist, I hope to influence policy implementation on various agricultural sectors that will improve livelihoods of smallholders in African continent.
Mercy Maiwa Mwambi, Consultant (SD2), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi- Kenya
I wish to appreciate the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for their generous funding that enabled my attendance during the 4th AAAE conference in Tunisia. I had a chance to learn a lot as the conference was quite informative and interactive, especially with the topics such information media and technology, farm efficiency, climate and environmental conservation, consumer and pricing, agricultural policies and their implications etc. Being my first international conference I have attended, it helped me gain more confidence in standing up at such events in future. The organization of the conference was excellent. Overall, the conference was successful.
Sussy Munialo, MSc. Agricultural Resource Management, University of Nairobi-Kenya
It was a privilege to attend the 4th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists which brought into the spotlight one of the most vital concerns of Agriculture and food security in Africa: How to Commercialize Agriculture for Africa, especially for smallholders with the issues of gender equality fully incorporated. I attended several symposiums for instance the ones organized by IFRI and Tegemeo and contributed paper sessions. There is no doubt the conference took into account gender issues due to the high numbers of women that participated in all sessions hence working towards narrowing the gender inequality gap while at the same time realizing the Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality, and which certainly turned out true to Millennium Development Goal 1 on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in Africa. The Young Scholars Case Study was really insightful and will go further to give all young scholars a chance to explore research and perfect their profession in Agriculture and Economics. I wish to thank all organizations, Individuals who participated and supported the conference financially, academically and professionally to its successful completion.
Mary Nthambi, Consultant KHCP USAID Project, & Assistant Lecturer Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA), Nairobi - Kenya
The 4th ICAAAE in Hammamet Tunisia was a wonderful experience for me as a woman researcher. It provided “time out” for me from both my professional and domestic responsibilities and gave me quality time to focus very specifically on the research aspect of my work which very often competes for “attention” with all my other responsibilities. I was not only exposed to current issues in agricultural research in Africa but I was also able to network with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. I was also able to find time to plan my future research activities having been exposed to key current issues and methodologies. If I were to provide a suggestion from my perspective as a woman researcher it would be that the conference may need to specifically identify gender issues in African agriculture as a theme especially since many agricultural activities in Africa are gender based. In addition, a session for African women researchers to socialize and share experiences may also be useful in order to continue building capacity and confidence in a field that is still male-dominated.
Florence .N. Ondieki-Mwaura, Lecturer, Development Studies, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi - Kenya