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Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in West Africa

Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in West Africa

18-19 November, 2019 at WASCAL Climate Change Economics GSP, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal.

This conference is intended to serve as a platform for exchanging and discussing latest research findings on the relationship between climate change and food security in Western Africa, particularly on innovative and cutting-edge solutions and insights related to the Conference themes. The conference seeks to bring together early career and experienced researchers from economics and other social sciences from the Western Africa region to promote mutual exchanges and collaborations on this crucial topic.

Find out more or how to submit a paper here.

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6th African Conference of Agricultural Economists

Sep 23 – 26, 2019 | Sheraton Abuja Hotel,  Abuja,  Nigeria

Agro-industrial transformation as a driver for employment generation, food security, and rural development in Africa Session organized by PARI at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn at the 6th African Conference of Agricultural Economists.

Agricultural stakeholders (farmers, researchers, practitioners, policy makers etc.) need to establish stronger linkages and share ideas and expertise to better tackle challenges impeding the growth of Africa’s agricultural sector. In this session, a panel consisting of researchers from ZEF and young agricultural economic scientists from around Africa will offer insights from their research. Each of them will bring their own priorities to the discussion, while demystifying some commonly held views in this area.



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AGRF 2019: Creating an enabling environment for digitalization to transform African Agriculture

Creating an enabling environment for digitalization to transform African Agriculture

Side-event at the African Green Revolution Forum 2019
Tuesday, 3 September 2019 02:30 – 04:30pm in Accra, Ghana

Organized by PARI – Implemented by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) & the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

This session will shed light on the types of conditions that are needed to accelerate the digital revolution in Africa’s food and agriculture sector, including conducive policies, infrastructure, financing, skill development and start-up support. It will draw on research undertaken in three frontrunner countries in Africa to inform the debate and involve leading thinkers to discuss how to put the lessons into practice.

More information available here.

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FARA and ZEF Collaborate to Define Needed Investment for Creation Jobs in Agriculture

PARI Partners launches a new research cluster geared at the generation of employment opportunities in segments of the agriculture value chain beyond production (i.e. post-production and post-harvest).

“Researchers from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and counterparts from the Center for Development Studies (ZEF), The University of Bonn, Germany,  Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STPRI), Ghana and the and National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRAT), Tunisia met in Accra to consider some critical steps to creating jobs in the agriculture sector”.

Read the article published by FARA.

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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.