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Partnership with African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, Kenya

On the 8th of May 2019, a coordination meeting was organized at the AERC offices in Nairobi, to discuss the next step for the newly signed partnership between AERC and PARI. With this partnership, PARI aims to contribute to AERC’s effort at enhancing the capacity building for economic policy research and graduate training in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u – Executive Director of AERC, Dr. Innocent Matshe – Director of Training for AERC, Dr. Tom Kimani – Manager – Training Programme and two senior researchers from PARI participated in the meeting. The discussions were mainly focused on the research grant provided for the postgraduate training in economics (Master and Ph.D.), faculty and thematic research activities as well as organization of workshops and regional policy forums to disseminate the research outputs.

Another important aspect of the meeting was the discussion of options for further collaboration. This would include the participation of selected AERC postgraduate students at a side event organized by ZEF at the AAEA conference in 2019. A second side event will also be organized at the 2021/2022 AAEA conference to share the results of AERC’s postgraduate students over the course of the partnership. Senior researchers from ZEF will offer the students courses in economics at the joint facility for electives. Senior researchers from ZEF will further engage with the students to technically support them in their research activities.

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FAZ Article: Solving the problem of hunger in Africa

How to solve the problem of hunger in Africa? And how to promote agricultural development? Different people and organizations have different answers to this questions – ranging from population control to organic farming to a technology driven African Green Revolution. In an article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the PARI researchers Prof. Dr. Regina Birner and Thomas Daum analyze five such answers. Where do they have a point and where do they fall short?

The article was published as part of the FAZ-series “Race to feed the world” and can be read here.



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#StriveInBerlin – Youth Townhall Event

On December 3, 2018, around 200 people attended the Youth Townhall Meeting with entrepreneur Strive Masiyiwa at Humboldt University in Berlin to discuss  Africa’s future. In attendance were members of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) board as well as the Stefan Schmidt of the German BMZ and as well as researchers from ZEF in Bonn. Among the attendees were approximately 50 current students who traveled together from from ZEF and the University of Bonn – originally from African countries such as Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Read more about the Townhall event in ZEF News.

Watch the recorded livestream on Strive Masiyiwa’s Facebook page.

Read the coverage on Twitter (#StriveInBerlin).


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PARI side-event at AGRF 2018 focuses on strategies for engaging the youth in rural areas

This year PARI hosted a side-event at the African Green Revolution Forum 2018 co-organized by ZEF and FARA.  Under the broad theme Africa’s rural youth – An underutilized resource for the transformation of African agriculture, the event brought together an esteemed group of speakers representing entrepreneurs, the youth, researchers and development partners to discuss how to economically engage young people in rural development and agricultural value chains in Africa.Read more PARI side-event at AGRF 2018 focuses on strategies for engaging the youth in rural areas