6th International Conference of African Agricultural Economists

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6th ICAAA: Rising to Meet Evolving Challenges – Africa’s Agricultural Development Beyond 2020 Vision

23-26 September 2019 | Abuja, Nigeria

This event discussed challenges and insights in the growth of Africa’s agricultural sector, featuring researchers from ZEF and young agricultural economic scientists from around Africa. Major topics discussed included Foreign Direct Investments, inclusive value chains and mechanisation in African agriculture.

Conference Participants


  Opening (Oliver Kirui (ZEF))
13:30 – 13:35 ·       Setting the scene: Introduction into Program of Accompanying Agricultural Research for Innovation (PARI)

·       Introducing the presenters and the panelists

3 presentations (7 minutes each)
13:35 – 14:00 1.     Adetoyinbo Ayobami (Nigeria): Organizational structures, gender and upgrading strategies for smallholders in local value chains

2.     Zaneta Kubik (ZEF): Foreign Direct Investments in African agriculture and food sectors

3.     Divan van der Westhuizen (S. Africa): Rising tractor use in SSA

4.     Thomas Daum (UoH): Mechanization in African Agriculture

  Moderated Panel Discussion on agro-industrial transformation in Africa
14:00 – 15:25       Panelists:

1.     Dr. Edward Mabaya: Manager of Agribusiness Development at the African Development Bank & President of the AAAE

2.     Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura: Vice President of the AAAE, Strategy and Policy Manager at the African Academy of Sciences

3.     Dr. Kashi Kafle: Research Economist, International Water Management Institute

4.     Dr. Hugo de Groote: Principal scientist and agricultural economist, CIMMYT

Questions, comments and discussions amongst the panelists, selected scholars and from the audience directed to the panelists
Closing remarks
15:25 – 15:30 Closing remarks and key take home messages (moderator)