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Conference Theme: 6th ACAE conference

In the medical field, 20/20 is the hallmark of human being's ability to see clearly. Over the past three decades, the year 2020 was commonly used as the target against which development plans where set. Taking advantage of the double entendre, many African governments, regional economic blocks, and development agencies developed vision statements and strategic plans for economic growth and environmental sustainability. As we approach this key milestone, it is fitting to take stock of the achievements to date as well as new challenges facing agricultural development in Africa.

Rising to meet new challenges: Africa's agricultural development beyond 2020 Vision is the theme for the 6th African Association of Agricultural Economists triennial conference. The conference will be held in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, from 23-26 September, 2019.

The conference will explore the recent developments in agricultural systems across Africa. Key drivers of change include population growth, rapid urbanization, productivity enhancing innovation, climate change, the rise of agri-preneurship, land reform, as well as policy and investment priorities by governments and development partners. To be relevant in the midst of this dizzying array of new developments, agricultural economists must put these developments in context, present evidence on their causes and consequences, and anticipate the policy challenges that governments will be facing and seeking guidance on in the next few years. This conference will bring together leading scholars, policy makers, agribusiness representatives and development practitioners to examine how these new mega-trends are shaping agricultural development in Africa.

Key sub-themes include the following:

  • Adopting new technologies and farming practices
  • Agricultural and resource policies
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Collective action in agriculture
  • Consumption studies
  • Explaining production practices
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Market access
  • Prices and market integration
  • Program/project impact
  • Refining analytical techniques
  • Servicing farmers: finances and extension
  • Structural features of agriculture
  • Trade, farming systems and storage
  • Urban rural links and unemployment
  • Value chain analyses

We hope that you can join us as we explore Africa's agricultural development beyond 2020 vision. The Nigerian Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economics (NAAE) will co-host this event.

Why Participate during the 6th ACAE Conference

Being active in your industry's professional association can bring with it many benefits. There is power in being connected to other people who are active in your profession & line of work, but it can also be easy to talk yourself out of committing to that annual/biennial/triennial meetings year after year. Many people think that joining the association is enough, but to capitalize on the return on your investment you need to be engaged and participate in the conferences.

Here are reasons to attend this conference:

1. Education—update knowledge

2. Inspiration—hear new ideas and meet professional leaders & colleagues

3. Evaluation—review your own work and plan for the future

4. Presentation—a platform for your own research

5. Recreation—relax and enjoy the company and culture around the meeting

Many falsely believe that since they can now access industry information via the Internet that the days of the live meeting are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur. Often people cite the serendipitous "hallway conversations" that they have with other attendees as the most valuable parts of attending an event. While these are not on the agenda, or mentioned in the breakout sessions learning objectives, when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference.


Local Organising Committee Members 

Chairman: Gbolagade Ayoola— President, Farm & Infrastructure Foundation (FIF)


  1. Abdoulaye Tahirou— International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) 
  2. Adebola Okuneye – Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  3. Anthony Onoja – Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet)
  4. Damian Agom— Akwa Ibom State University 
  5. Dipe Adunni Sani —
  6. Elizabeth Ebukiba - University of Abuja
  7. Ifeyinwa Achike—University of Nigeria Nsukka
  8. Job Nmadu—Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists, & Federal University of Agriculture, Minna
  9. Leandre Gbeli—African Development Bank, Abidjan
  10. Manyong Victor — International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  11. Bedru Balana— International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-Nigeria)
  12. Ope Ayinde— Ohio State University (Fulbright Visiting Scholar) & University of Ilorin
  13. Rabiu Mohammed Sani—Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  14. Razaq Oyeleke - Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  15. Phillip Ojo -  National Agricultural Seed Council
  16. Chiji Ojukwu  - formerly of AfDB
  17. Jeffers Miruka – AAAE Secretariat, Nairobi