AAAE News Brief-51 | 01 July 2023, CONFERENCE EDITION, #1

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JULY 01, 2023 | No. 51

AAAE & AEASA CONFERENCE 2023: Ignite Your Professional Growth in Agricultural Economics this September
The countdown to the #AAAEAEASA conference has begun. With 79 days away, a significant number of attendees are registering for the #AAAEAEASA Conference. These include seasoned agricultural economists, early-career researchers, students, experts, and other practitioners in the field. Don’t be the one to be left out. Register now and join us this coming September for an enlightening and inspiring journey of knowledge exchange, professional peer connections, and networking.
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Our carefully curated program includes:
  • 5 plenaries
  • 14 invited panels
  • 14 Organised Symposia sessions
  • 345 Oral and Poster presentations.
The program is designed to act as a roadmap, guiding you through diverse career and learning path that aligns with your professional growth objectives. Don't miss out!
See You In Durban!
AAAE has partnered with Direct Pay Online (DPO) and PayPal to provide a seamless registration process using your Card. With DPO, you can pay in any currency through Direct Pay Online and other available options. To register and pay, visit the and choose the preferred association you wish to register with.

If you choose to , we offer the following registration options:

1. AAAE Member: The registration cost for AAAE members is $475. Select this option if you are a current and active member of AAAE. Proof of active membership will be required.

2. Non-Member Students: The registration cost for non-member students is $530, which includes a $55 membership fee. This option is specifically designed for students who are not currently members of AAAE. By selecting this option, you will not only register for the event but also register to become a member of AAAE.

3. Non-Member Professionals: The registration cost for non-member professionals is $585, which includes a $110 membership fee. This option is intended for professionals who are not currently members of AAAE. By choosing this option, you will be enrolled as a member of AAAE in addition to registering for the event.

Note:Membership fees are included in the respective registration costs for non-members. Each registration option incurs a service fee. The fees are $11.88 for AAAE Members, $13.25 for Non-Member Students, and $14.63 for Non-Member Professionals, respectively.

At the registration Checkout, you can choose any of the following options:

1. Direct Pay Online (DPO): Provides three payment methods: Card (Credit/Debit), Mobile (for users in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda who utilize the service), and PayPal.

2. PayPal: Users can choose to pay with their PayPal account or directly with a card, even if they do not have an account.

3. Offline Payment: Available for those who prefer to conduct a wire transfer. Organizations and Institutions can utilize this option to remit registration fees via transfer for multiple participants.

* To all our AEASA members, please use the provided and carefully follow the instructions.
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We have received an overwhelming number of over 120 sponsorship applications from a majority of successful authors expressing their interest in consideration in receiving financial aid to attend the conference. However, as mentioned in our previous communications, our efforts to secure funding from our traditional partners have fallen short of expectations this year.

In light of this, we ask that applicants continue to explore alternative sources of support, particularly from their respective institutions or organizations.

Additionally, we extend an invitation to individuals, institutions, and organizations who are willing to contribute as sponsors to step forward. Your generosity can make a significant impact on the success of deserving individuals. We will facilitate the connection between sponsors and those who would greatly benefit from their support. You can also donate whatever amount through our  page.

Rest assured that we are diligently reviewing all the received and will soon be reaching out to inform the selected individuals about the outcome of their applications.

We also want to assure you that if we receive further funding from other potential sources, we are committed to expanding the pool of support to benefit a greater number of individuals.
Durban, located on the eastern coast of South Africa's Kwazulu Natal Province, offers a diverse range of hotel accommodations to cater to your preferences.

Our conference venue is the Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, offering elegant rooms and suites, along with other amenities like spas and fitness centres. They have provided us with friendly rates starting from ZAR1595, equivalent to approximately $85 USD for a bed and breakfast.

Other recommended hotels are the Garden Court Marine Parade, starting from ZAR1495 (approx. $80) and the Pavilion Hotel, starting from ZAR695 (approx. $40). Both are within safe walking distance from the venue. These budget-friendly options offer simple and clean rooms conveniently located, overseeing the beach. Don't miss out on securing your accommodation. Book now to guarantee your stay in Durban and make the most of your trip.
Airport Transfers

Bookings for transfers are now open, with a cost of ZAR300 per person per transfer. A representative from Shaka Tours & Safaris will be present at both the Domestic and International Arrival Halls at King Shaka International Airport to greet and escort you to the shuttle service. On the day of departure, a representative will be available in the foyer of the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel to assist you with arranging your return shuttle to King Shaka International Airport. Please note that all transfers must be prepaid before arrival, and a secure payment link will be provided along with your confirmation voucher. Payments not received by the cut-off date of 15th September 2023 will be automatically canceled. Our team will respond to bookings during working hours.


The provincial government of KwaZulu Natal is arranging farm tours for conference participants on September 21st, starting at 2 pm after the conclusion of the conference. If you have a keen interest in exploring the farm fields of KwaZulu Natal, we encourage you to keep checking the conference website for additional information. We will also provide further details regarding the farm tours in our upcoming communications.

Additionally, we are currently in discussions with select tour companies to offer pre- or post-tours for those who wish to discover more of KwaZulu Natal or other fascinating regions within South Africa. We will share comprehensive details in our forthcoming newsletters, ensuring that you have all the necessary information to make the most of your exploration opportunities.

Remain attentive for updates, and be sure to take advantage of these exceptional opportunities to delve into the beauty and diversity that KwaZulu Natal and South Africa have to offer.
Book Your Transfer Here!
Traveling to South Africa requires travelers to possess a valid passport, and depending on their nationality and purpose of visit, they may also need to obtain a visa.

Visa requirements vary based on the traveler's citizenship. Some countries' citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter South Africa. The visa application process can be completed either online or in person, and it entails submitting specific documents along with the application.

There are two common types of visas for South Africa for our case:

1. Tourist Visa: This visa allows individuals to stay in South Africa for a duration of up to 90 days, making it suitable for tourism and leisure purposes.

2. Business Visa: Designed for business travelers, this visa permits individuals to stay in South Africa for up to 90 days while engaging in business-related activities.

We recommend ensuring that you meet the visa requirements and complete the necessary procedures earlier to avoid last minute rush.

Invitation Letters:

Please note that in order to receive an invitation letter for your visa application, you must provide proof of your current membership for either AAAE or AEASA, and proof of payment of the . An acceptance letter alone will not be sufficient for a visa application. To request the invitation letter, kindly send the required details to Joanne Bezuidenhout ( Upon receipt, an invitation letter signed by the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee will be sent to you.
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We are delighted to announce that four exceptional papers, which received the highest scores, have been upgraded for presentation during the plenary session on September 21st. Each of these outstanding papers is now eligible to contend for the esteemed Best Contributed Paper award, with the winner set to be announced at the conclusion of the session.

The selected papers and their respective authors are as follows:

Vincent Misango
Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Paper Title: Impact of adoption of push-pull technologies on smallholder maize farmers productivity in Rwanda? A Multinomial Endogenous Switching Regression Approach

Haji Athumani Msangi
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Paper Title: Maximizing impact: the power of combining land tenure formalization and productive social safety nets programmes in Tanzania

Oyakhilomen Oyinbo
Department of Agricultural Economics
Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria, Nigeria
Paper Title: Digital innovation, agricultural productivity growth and environmental sustainability: A randomized evaluation in Nigeria

Janet Mwende Mutiso
School of International Development
University of East Anglia, UK
Paper Title:  Using machine learning to explore the effect of technology information on drivers of farmer uptake of biofortified crops: The case of orange-fleshed sweet potato in Kenya

African Association of Agricultural Economists
c/o University of Nairobi, C.A.V.S, Upper Kabete Campus
Loresho Ridge Road, Nairobi, Kenya


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