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AEASA Conference 2017 Announcement & Invitation

04 March 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Simphiwe Ngqangweni
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ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION TO

 

THE 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF

THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

Venue: The Elangeni Hotel, Durban

Date:     19 to 21 September 2017

 

Conference theme:

ADDRESSING CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

 

Background and Motivation:

“The Challenge of Change: Agriculture, Land and the South African Economy”, edited by Lieb Nieuwoudt and Jan Groenewald, was published 14 years ago to coincide with the 25th international conference of the IAAE in Durban. The book, which provided an overview of South African Agriculture and its economic realities and policy challenges, was distributed to all delegates as a memento of the conference.  The Foreword, written by the then President of AEASA, Johann Kirsten, ends with the sentence “We hope this book serves as a yardstick against which the sector’s performance can be measured in 10 years’ time.”  It is, therefore, appropriate that the theme of the 2017 AEASA Conference in Durban invites us to do just that. It also affords an opportunity to update our perspective of the changing environment facing South African agriculture, to explore the contribution of agricultural economists to addressing contemporary challenges in the sector, and to consider how the discourse has changed over the past 14 years.

The framework for agricultural policy in South Africa is largely provided by the National Development Plan: Vision for 2030 (NDP).  The main sub-themes that will be addressed in plenary sessions and symposia at the conference are largely derived from challenges for the South African Agricultural Sector outlined in Chapter 6 of the NDP.  They include;

·         Land reform

·         Employment in agriculture

·         The future availability and use of water in agriculture

·         Expansion of commercial agriculture and agribusiness   

The conference programme is designed to appeal to academics, agricultural economists in the public and private sectors, farm managers and agribusiness practitioners. 


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