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Annual conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa: "From policy reform to implementation and delivery in South African agriculture"
Venue: Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
26 September 2007 - 28 September 2007
Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa as the source of this brochure: www.aeasa.org.za


Introduction

During 2006 the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs, Ms Lulu Xingwana, launched the GIJIMA campaign to accelerate the implementation of agrarian and land reform. In this context and against the background of draft strategies and policy proposals for bio-fuels, agricultural research, trade and marketing this conference will provide an ideal opportunity for agricultural economists to debate these very topical issues. The South African agricultural sector witnessed many policy documents, strategies and proposals, but implementation and delivery is still lacking. Land and agrarian reforms have shown limited progress, while the competitiveness and sustainability as well as many empowerment initiatives in the sector are under a threat of failure.

The objectives of this conference are therefore, to bring together local and international experts working on issues related to the conference subthemes to debate possible options that can be pursued to make our policies and programmes work for the future sustainability of the South African agriculture. A key question to our discipline, which also forms the core of this year's conference theme, is: "what role can agricultural economists play to facilitate the implementation and delivery process?"

The 2007 AEASA conference will in a number of ways depart from the previous conference formats. Firstly, all workshops will be held on the morning of the first day, with the formal part of the conference starting after lunch. Secondly, unlike in the previous conferences, we will have a much larger poster session this year. With regard to the poster sessions, we would like to encourage as many poster submissions as possible from agricultural economists working in the provinces. This will not only enable the broader agricultural economics community to learn about the various implementation programmes in the provinces, but it will also afford the economists working on these programmes an opportunity to share their success stories. Lastly, this year's conference will feature several international speakers who will present their ground-breaking research work on issues related to bio-fuels as well as agricultural research and trade policies. As is the usual practice members of AEASA are encouraged to submit contributed papers for the conference. We intend to accommodate around 40 contributed papers, including 3 upgraded papers.

Please visit AEASA website for brochure: www.aeasa.org.za/conf_2007.html

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