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. 

Planetary Boundaries 2.0 – new and improved 

four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed

Four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity, says an international team of 18 researchers in the journal Science (16 January 2015). The four are: climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). Two of these, climate change and biosphere integrity, are what the scientists call "core boundaries". Significantly altering either of these "core boundaries" would "drive the Earth System into a new state".

"Transgressing a boundary increases the risk that human activities could inadvertently drive the Earth System into a much less hospitable state, damaging efforts to reduce poverty and leading to a deterioration of human wellbeing in many parts of the world, including wealthy countries," says Lead author, Professor Will Steffen, researcher at the Centre and the Australian National University, Canberra. "In this new analysis we have improved our quantification of where these risks lie."

Johan Rockström, co-author and Centre director, will present the new findings at the World Economic Forum in Davos 21-24 January... more

Published Online January 15 2015; Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1259855

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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