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7th African Conference of Agricultural Economists &
60th Annual AEASA Conference

18 - 21 September 2023
Durban, South Africa

Through Crisis:
Building Resilient Agri-food Systems in Africa

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The president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), jointly with the president of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA)


Durban, South Africa



18 - 21, 2023

9 am - 5:30 pm  


  • First Call for Papers: 13 July 2022

  • Conference website opens: 05 August 2022

  • Early Bird registration opens: 22 August 2022

  • Second Call for Papers: 22 August 2022

  • Final Call for Papers: 04 November 2022

  • Submission of proposals for Symposia and Invited Panels: 08 December 2022

  • Deadline for submission of all Contributed Papers with Abstracts, Invited Panels and Organized Symposium07 March 2023

  • Notification of acceptance of papers: 06 June 2023

  • Early Bird registration deadline/ Regular registration: 20 June 2023

  • Presenting authors' registration deadline: 17 July 2023

  • Deadline for revised papers submissions: 24 July 2023

  • 7th African Conference of Agricultural Economists, Durban, South Africa: 18 - 21 September 2023


Download the call for papers and paper submission guidelines

About the conference theme

Africa’s Agri-food system, since the turn of the century, is facing rising incidents of extraneous shocks and stressors.  The source of these events is multi-faceted and emanates from either climatic/natural disasters, man-made conflicts, health-related and/or macroeconomic factors.  These events disrupt the lives and livelihoods of populations and, unless adequately addressed, will slow Africa’s structural transformation through adverse effects on agriculture and the wider food system. As we enter the third year of the UNFSS Decade of Action, it is imperative that the sector outlines strategies that build resilience to mitigate the impact of these shocks and stressors. 


Towards that end, Through Crisis: Building Resilient and Sustainable Agri-food Systems in Africa is the theme for the 7th African Conference of Agricultural Economists. The conference will be held in Durban, the largest city of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Jointly organized with the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), the conference will take place on 18-21 September 2023.


The conference will explore recent developments in agricultural systems across Africa, and how we can help change the fragile nature of African agriculture and food system. Together, we will strive to find pragmatic approaches for effective changes needed to build a more resilient and sustainable African agriculture. One thing that remains constant - everyone eats. Building a sustainable food system is the right thing to do. In order to accelerate the adoption of the use of sustainable food sources, we need research studies and development actions from every stakeholder in the value chain. 

The Conference will reflect on a wide range of areas, from healthcare delivery to policy development and dissemination and climate change consideration. This conference will bring together leading scholars, policymakers, agribusiness representatives and development practitioners to examine how successive exogenous crises affect and shape agricultural development and the food system in Africa.

After such a long time of distanciation, it is time for African agricultural economists and other development experts to talk again, to find a path to redemption for the continent's agricultural sector.

"Even a small community

can make a

big difference"

Simone Staley



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