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. 

Agricultural partnerships take root across Africa

2014 is Africa’s Year of Agriculture and Food Security. In the context of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the continent’s leaders have renewed their commitment to transforming agriculture as a driver of job creation, improved incomes, and access to nutritious food. Over the next decade, we believe Africa can not only feed itself, but also establish itself as a prosperous continent and breadbasket for the world.

Achieving this vision requires solving two related challenges: 

  • How to commercialize production by smallholders, who make up 80% of all farms in the region? and 
  • How to generate the vast private-sector investment by farmers, SMEs and international companies needed to transform value chains, from farm to fork?

This Annual Report shares the progress, challenges and lessons of 2013, and invites a further step change in 2014 and beyond as the continent embarks on the next phase of commitments to agriculture.

AAAE Distinguished Fellow Profile 

Dr. Simeon Ehui is the Sector Leader at the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Sector in the South Asia Region. Dr. Ehui is a distinguished Fellow of African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE). Recently he was appointed as the new Sector Leader for Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) in the World Banks's Sustainable Development (SD) Department of the South Asia Region. Simeon, a national of Cote Ivoire, joined the Bank in 2003 after a distinguished career as a technical specialist and manager in International Livestock Research Institute and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Simeon has a PhD in agricultural economics from Purdue University and has published extensively in his field.   Read More...

Prof. Joachim von Braun is an economist, with a Doctoral degree in agricultural economics from University of Göttingen, Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department for Economic and Technological Change in December 2009. He was also Director of ZEF during its foundation phase 1997-2002. Prof. von Braun was Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC, 2002-2009. His research addresses international and development economics topics, incl. markets and trade; poverty; health and nutrition; agriculture, and science and technology. Prof von Braun was President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), he is member of Academy of Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists; among othersRead more... 

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2014 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 27-29 July 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

14th EAAE Congress: Agri-Food and Rural Innovations for Healthier Societies. Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 26 – 29, 2014. Submission for poster session: 

11th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC): Efficiency and Water Conservation: Methodologies and Case Studies. Washington DC. September 9-7, 2014

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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