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. 

Creating a fertile future for smallholder farmers in Africa:

What are the most effective ways of encouraging the development of smallholder farming? Diversification, training and working with the private sector are key.
More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers. In some countries they make up as much as 85% of the population. Even in Africa’s most urbanised countries that figure only drops to 55%.Smallholders produce 70% of the world’s food, but they are particularly vulnerable to climatic and economic shocks, with many living from one harvest to the next. Poor harvests, or sudden massive price drops, can and do have catastrophic effects. In the wake of ongoing food crises, everyone acknowledges the sector needs developing, the question now is: how? Continue reading

AAAE Distinguished Fellow Profile 

Dr Timothy Olalekan Williams is Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). In this capacity, he represents the Director General and IWMI in the region and provides oversight for IWMI’s research, research uptake and communication and capacity building activities conducted out of offices in Accra, Addis Ababa and Pretoria. His research interests cover microeconomic analysis of land, soil nutrient and water management practices of smallholder farmers as well as analysis of the impact of macroeconomic, sectoral and trade policies on the agricultural sector. Over the last 30 years, he has worked at field level with smallholder farmers and at national level with decision makers in 12 English and French speaking countries in Africa, 3 states in India and 6 Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and South Pacific. He is a Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists and author of more than 50 scientific papers, book chapters and conference contributions. Read more...

Prof. David Norman is a professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Kansas State University. He is a dual UK and US citizen with a permanent residence in the USA. He earned is education at the University of London, UK, and Oregon State University where he attained his Ph.D. His areas of specialisation are in Agricultural Development, Farmer Participatory Approaches, and Agricultural Sustainability -all with reference to low-income countries. He has published widely with about 220 publications, 60 consultancy papers and 120 unpublished presentations at conferences, workshops. He was inducted as a distinguished and Honorary Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2010. Read more... 


In preparing for its 2016 Conference, AAAE has proposed to hold an Organized Symposium during the forthcoming IAAE Conference in Milan, and this proposal has now been accepted onto the program for Milan. The Theme of the Symposium is Using Smart Subsidies to Support Small Scale Farmers in Africa.

The Symposium will take the form of a Round Table discussion lead by presentations from our President, Dr. Augustine Langyintuo, and Prof Ferdi Meyer from the University of Pretoria, as well as a further three (3) papers at most that will be selected from among those submitted by members of AAAE.

To this end, we are calling for the submission of papers from Members of AAAE that address aspects of this topic. Successful papers will be presented during the Round Table and authors will be assisted to apply for part funding of their expenses from IAAE.

The deadline for submission of papers is Friday 5 June 2015. Papers MUST comply with all the requirements ( of those submitted to the IAAE Conference. 

All papers to be sent to


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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