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Call for Papers: The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture

June 5 @ 8:00 am - June 6 @ 5:00 pm

  • Full papers should be submitted in PDF format by February 24, 2017
  • Decisions will be made by March 31, 2017

The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held at Berkeley, California, on June 5-6, 2017. It will cover various topics pertinent to agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region), the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Davis, and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative.
The conference will include a Keynote Addresses by Kathryn Dewey, University of California, Davis, Ted Miguel, University of California, Berkeley and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank Vice-President for the Africa Region), as well as invited contributions by senior scholars.
Submitted papers with a focus on Africa are now welcome on any of the following topics:
  • Structural transformation and agriculture
  • Adoption and profitable use of agricultural technology
  • the political economy of agriculture
  • Data and measurement issues pertinent to agriculture
As well as papers that examine the following in the context of agriculture: economic growth, conflict, resilience, productivity, input and output markets, gender, land tenure, urbanization, education, health, nutrition, labor, safety nets, and/or regional integration.
Full papers should be submitted in pdf format by February 24, 2017. Submissions should be e-mailed to, and will be considered by a program committee including Michael Carter (UCD), Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Edward Miguel (UCB), Jeremy Magruder (UCB), and Muthoni Ngatia (World Bank).  Decisions will be made by March 31. Limited funds to support travel for successful African presenters may be available.
Prof. Dr. Johnny O. Ogunji
Faculty of Agriculture
Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo
P.M.B 1010 Abakaliki Nigeria
Phone: 00234 8067558863

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men–men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” (Education, E.G. White, p.57)


June 5 @ 8:00 am
June 6 @ 5:00 pm