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Conference 2020

THE 58TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) will be hosted by the Limpopo Province from 28th to 30th September 2020 at Hans Marensky Hotel & Spa in Phalaborwa. Situated next to the Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa is a vibrant tourism destination, which is all but enclaved by nature conservancies. In addition to having a local airport, the town is within 210km drive from Polokwane and 110km from Tzaneen. The Hans Merensky Golf Estate is situated on the outskirts of the town.

 

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Repositioning Agriculture as a key strategic sector in South Africa’s economy: moving from plans to action’.

 

South Africa’s current economic trajectory is characterised by stagnant economic growth, rising unemployment and sustained inequality. Agriculture has been identified as a key industry that can grow and transform the economy to address these multiple challenges. In addition to the traditional roles of ensuring food security and enhancing rural livelihood, the agricultural sector in South Africa has to expand its focus to support labour intensive growth, and transformation of the rural and urban economies. New and innovative ways of repositioning agriculture in the economy are required. The conference theme challenges Agricultural Economists to explore ways to address key sector growth constraints, and opportunities for repositioning the sector to ensure sustained impact on the broader economy.

The conference is structured to appeal to diverse stakeholders, beyond academia to agricultural economists in the public and private sectors, farm managers and agribusiness practitioners. Key industry and public sector partners will share experiences, debate and explore ways for repositioning agriculture in the new decade. The Conference programme will contain a thought-provoking mix of invited papers, contributed papers, and posters.

Some of the contemporary topics that will be discussed during sessions of the Conference include:

  • Innovative partnerships to boost agricultural production and promote agrarian transformation
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution and agricultural innovations driving SA’s agriculture Agro-processing, inclusive value chains and employment growth
  • Sustainable land reform policy and implementation
  • Creating an enabling environment for investment in agriculture
  • Climate smart agriculture and environmental conservation for sustainable growth and development.

Benefits for attending the conference will include:

  • Networking opportunities through social events and networking breaks to meet new partners and catch up with colleagues
  • Interactive sessions: share ideas and knowledge with sector experts and peers practically involved in agricultural value chains.
  • Enhancement of latest knowledge and research through invited and contributed papers presentations.

This year, the Local Organising Committee invites paper submissions under two categories. Submitting authors will have to commit to the following: Their work adheres to the strictest ethical standards. This includes a commitment that the paper does not cite articles published in predatory journals. Consent to review up to three other papers submitted to the conference. The presenting author will pay the registration fee before final acceptance of the paper for inclusion in the programme.

Category 1: Contributed papers

These papers will go through a blind review process to determine suitability for oral presentation at the conference. No contributed papers will be considered as upgraded poster papers.

  1. Papers should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to the following email address: aeasa2020@gmail.com and copied to aeasa2020@ul.ac.za
  2. Papers must be written in English and must not exceed 7000 words (excluding the cover page and abstract).
  3. Each paper must include a cover page with the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliation(s).
  4. Each paper must include an abstract of not more than 250 words.
  5. References, Tables and Figures must comply with Agrekon requirements obtainable from the AEASA website and published Agrekon journals.

 

Category 2: Contributed poster papers

Poster papers will go through a blind review process to determine suitability for presentation at the conference. Authors are encouraged to consider poster papers as a means to communicate research findings.

  1. Poster papers should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to the following e-mail address: aeasa2020@gmail.com and copied to aeasa2020@ul.ac.za
  2. Poster papers must be written in English and must not exceed 2500 words (excluding the cover page and abstract).
  3. Each poster paper must include a cover page with the name(s) of the author(s), and their affiliation(s).
  4. Each poster paper must include an abstract of not more than 250 words.
  5. References, Tables and Figures must comply with Agrekon requirements.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Deadline for submission of contributed and poster papers

12 June 2020

Review process completion

15 July 2020

Notice of acceptance/ rejection of submission

10 August 2020

Normal Registration dates

Before or on 31st August

Late registration

After 31st August 2020

 

 

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