Welcome to Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia

The African Association of Agricultural Economists invites you to participate in its 4th International Conference in Tunisia. The theme of the conference will be “Commercializing Agriculture in Africa: Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts”. The meeting will be held in the coastal city of Yasmine Hammamet. This city is one of Tunisia’s main tourist hotspots with a convenient location less than an hour from Tunis–Carthage International Airport with some gorgeous sandy beaches. It is 69 km to the South-East of the Capital Tunis, served with the Trans-African Highway I. Due to its beaches, Hammamet is a popular destination for congress tourism, swimming and water sports. Hammamet prides itself with 124 hotels classified as; best value, top luxury, romantic, family and business. The city has about 50,000 inhabitants and 40,000 hotel beds and consequently it is so much a tourist resort that you can sometimes forget you are in Tunisia and could be anywhere in the world.

Key Speakers 

Prof. Lemma W. Senbet - Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Prof. Nick Vink - President,  African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) 


Main Organizer


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Commercializing Agriculture in Africa: Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts.

There is no doubt that agriculture still remains a key pillar of most African economies. In many countries a large part of the population lives in rural areas and engages in small scale farming, and in often rudimentary supply chain activities that move surplus produce from the land to the consumer. While these activities are often conducted on a small scale and with few modern inputs, social and economic changes are sweeping across the continent and even the agricultural sector is becoming commercialized in country after country. Social changes include rapid urbanization and the greater participation of women in the labour force, while economic changes have been boosted by the global commodity boom, but also by the increased demand that has come with urbanisation and greater formal sector employment.

In more recent times, two new modes of production have become more evident; the export of commercial family farms using hired labour (familiar to all parts of Southern Africa) and the growth of a class of commercial small scale farmers whose land holdings are increasing and who are increasingly resorting to hired labour. This raises two important questions:

  1.  What growth path will different African countries follow in the future, and how can policy influence this path?
  2. What are the economic, social and environmental impacts of the chosen growth paths?




 Website open for Submissions

 October 1, 2012

 First Call for Papers

 November 1, 2012

 Second Call for Full Papers - No Abstracts 

 January 31, 2013

 Deadline for Submissions of FULL Contributed Papers

 April 19, 2013

 Early Bird Registration Commences

 June 21, 2013

 Authors informed of outcome of selection process 

 June 30, 2013

 Deadline for registration for the conference for presenting authors

 August 20, 2013

 Conference Dates


22-25, 2013

 Pre-conference and learning workshops

 September 22, 2013

 Official opening and first plenary session

 September 22, 2013