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. 

You won’t help farmers in Africa by just throwing money at them

Governments and donors have tried hard to improve dairy farming in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. Many recognise that it has much potential to boost the economic situation of poor farmers in the region. And unlike many other products such as cut flowers or mange tout, it tends to supply local consumers rather than people in other countries. This means that making it affordable has implications for local health, spending power and so forth.

Yet so far, any notion of a “white revolution” in milk production remains far from reality. To understand what is holding it back, I undertook a three-year research project into dairy farming in Malawi. My findings suggest that those who want to improve the sector need to look more closely at how the produce gets from the farm to consumers' kitchens. More

By: Cesar Revoredo-Giha - Senior Economist and Team Leader of Food Marketing Research at Scotland's Rural College

AAAE Distinguished Fellow Profile 

Prof Willis Oluoch-Kosura is a professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca in 1983, MSc in Agricultural Economics from the Australian National University in 1978 and BSc in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi in 1976. His interest is in the area of Agricultural Development Policy, focusing on issues of Rural Factor and Product Markets, Poverty Dynamics, Technology Generation and Adoption, Institutions and Project Planning and Management. He has over 60 publications to his credit and has supervised many PhD and MSc theses. He has been consultant to Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture, FAO, World Bank, CTA, UNCRD, AGRA and several other National and International Organizations and Networks. He is the founding President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) (2004-2007) and was member at large in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) (2003-2007). Through these associations, he has built considerable social capital to facilitate further collaboration on teaching, research and outreach with professional colleagues for the benefit of his brain-child program The Collaborative Masters of Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), African Universities and the continent’s development. Prof. Oluoch-Kosura is a 2010 Fellow of the AAAE. Read More...

Prof Peter Hazell is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CEDEP)group at Wye. Peter has had a long and distinctive career in research and policy analysis at the World Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC. He has published extensively on agricultural development and poverty reduction, with recent work with CeDEP and other colleagues on the future of small farms, successes in African agriculture, the rural non-farm economy, weather insurance, biofuels and prospects for the global balance between food and the environment. Prof Hazell is a 2010 Fellow of the AAAE. Read more... 

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AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCES

Asia Society of Agricultural Economists 8th International ConferenceSavar, Bangladesh. October 15-17, 2014

4th International Rice Congress (IRC 2014) "Rice for the World" 27th Oct - 1st Nov 2014, Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bangkok, Thailand

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. 

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