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Biannual Research Workshop - Port Louis, Mauritius, 3-6 June 2018

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African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is pleased to announce the next Biannual Research Workshop to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius from 3-6 June 2018. The Biannual is unique - combining learning-by-doing research, peer review, mentoring and networking to build and strengthen the capacity of African researchers. The workshop brings...

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AERC Appoints Incoming Executive Director - Kenya’s Former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, to assume role September 1, 2018

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26 April 2018, Nairobi, Kenya -- The Board of Directors and Management of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Njuguna Ndung’u as the next AERC Executive Director effective September 1, 2018. Njuguna Ndung’u is well known to the AERC network as a trainer...

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AERC Has ‘Most Significant Impact on Public Policy in Africa’ Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report”

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Ranked #1 by the “Go To Think Tank Index Report” 19 March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya - - African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) has been ranked number one for having the most significant impact on public policy in Africa, according to the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the...

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Rethinking Regional Integration in Africa

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AERC and Bank of Uganda Hosted a Two Day Policy Seminar  14 March 2018, Entebbe, Uganda- - The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) held its twentieth senior policy seminar from March 12-13 at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, in partnership with the Bank of Uganda. Rt Hon. Dr...

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Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for 2018

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    The Brookings Institution Africa Growth Initiative (AGI), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), had a joint launch of AGI’s flagship report titled, Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel....

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Growth in Fragile States in Africa


CMAAE Dissemination Workshops

1. CMAAE 2013 Curriculum Review Workshop  

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), a Pan African economic network on capacity building and policy research, has organized a full curriculum review for the Collaborative Msc in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) from July 29 to August 1, 2013 hosted by the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  A total of 35 reviewers drawn from Africa and beyond will participate in this very important event.   A total of 32 core and elective courses are lined up for review. The key objective of the review is to capture contemporary policy issues in Africa besides keeping a breast with the international standards in the programme. 

2. CMAAE Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives (SFSE) 2013

The review workshop will be held back to back with the official opening of the 2013 Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives (SFSE). The SFSE will again be held at the University of Pretoria, where 75 students drawn from 12 countries in the region are expected to undertake their electives taught by 16 Internationality recruited Professors from Africa and beyond. The SFSE will commence on August 01 to November 30, 2013. The Chief Executive Officer of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda will be the Chief Guest and will also give the SFSE introductory lecture.  In addition, the best student during the SFSE 2012 will receive the CMAAE Academic Board Award.  The awardee for the year will be a lady from the  Bunda College of Agriculture in Malawi.



CMAAE Partners

  • Alliance of a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Vision Network
  • Open Education in Africa (OER Africa)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC-ESARO)
  • African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
  • Eastern and Central Africa Programme for Agricultural Policy Analysis (ECAPAPA)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Swedish International Development Agency
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services (USDA, ERS)



Other Program Activities


CMAAE has an internship programme that places recent graduates as interns in regional organizations. The institutions collaborating with AERC under the alumni internship programme are such as the Living Standards Measurements Survey (LSMS) Group of the World Bank (executed through National Statistical Bureaus in the region), The World Food Programme (WFP)-Purchase for Progress (P4P) Project on Data Analysis and Knowledge Management at AERC Nairobi, the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB), CIAT and other agricultural Research Institutions in the region.

CMAAE PhD. Scholarships

This is an upgrading initiative aimed at building human resources capacity at the participating departments within the framework of ensuring that universities take full responsibility of the programme. This activity is implemented through a regional PhD programme executed through any of the eight accredited universities in the CMAAE network in the region as well as through a sandwich arrangement between the regional universities and universities in developed countries. At present the CMAAE programme runs a sandwich PhD arrangement with Cornell University in USA. Scholarship opportunities are also available for academic staff development under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Those wishing to apply for the PhD scholarships must be academic staff from departments of Agricultural Economics of the Non-Accredited Universities (NAUs) in the CMAAE network.   The NAUs in the CMAAE network include: University of Juba-South Sudan,  University of Swaziland-Swaziland, National University of Rwanda-Rwanda, Stellenbosch University-South Africa, University of Zambia-Zambia, Botswana College of Agriculture-Botswana, Moi University-Kenya, Eduardo Mondlane University-Mozambique) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-Kenya. Applicants must fulfill the following conditions:  


  • Possess a Masters Degree in a relevant field related to Agricultural and Applied Economics;
  • Be an academic staff under academic staff development programme in the Non-Accredited  university in the CMAAE network;
  • Submit a signed recommendation letter from the head of department from the non-accredited university  recommending them for fellowship support;
  • Submit a concept note approved by the proposed supervisor and a curriculum vitae for review;
  • Submit certified copies of their bachelors and masters academic transcripts and certificate for review; and
  • Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage.


Candidates must first obtain admission from the university that offers the PhD degree programme before applying for the scholarship. Upon receipt of an admission letter from the specific university, candidates should submit their application for scholarship to AERC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and attach a copy of the admission letter. In addition, candidates should attach their curriculum vitae and certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is usually indicated every year on the announcement placed on the AERC website.

CMAAE Faculty Research

In order to promote continental networks, research, policies and development as a means to empower smallholder farmers, the CMAAE runs a faculty research grant programme. Faculty staffs submit their research proposals to the research department of AERC on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposals are then externally reviewed and successful applicants are invited to the AERC biannual research workshop to present their proposals before a team of experts in the research area as well as other researchers. Faculty research grants are awarded to those who have successfully presented their proposals so that they can proceed to the field for data collection, analysis and reporting. Researchers are also required to make presentations of their work-in-progress as well as final reports in subsequent biannual workshops. 

Staff Exchange Programme

As part of strengthening agricultural policies through capacity development, CMAAE runs a staff exchange programme to enable scholars from participating departments to visit other universities across the SSA and beyond. This is to enable them share their knowledge and experience as part of contributing to agricultural development in the region.  The visiting professors have the opportunity to co-teach post graduate and under-graduate programmes during their visit and carry out collaborative research with the host professors. Applicants can submit their applications at any time of the year to the CMAAE Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Theses Dissemination

In an effort to empower farmers and policy makers with research based outputs for good practices and policy considerations, the programme runs theses dissemination workshops for graduate research results. The workshops bring together smallholder farmers from whom data was sourced, government extension officers, policy makers, academic advisors, research organizations and donors. This is an on-going programme as the feedback from participants, particularly smallholder farmers has been commendable in terms of uptake of the recommendations from the workshops.

Programme website, Publications and new Collaboration with Strategic Partners

The CMAAE produces electronic newsletters covering key activities undertaken in the Programme on a bi-annual basis. Besides, the Programme maintains links to the Agecon Search as part of strengthening networking in the Programme, with over 20 CMAAE alumni theses uploaded into the worldwide link of the agricultural economists. To access the CMAAE uploaded theses, go to http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/93991. 

Support to CMAAE graduates/alumni to present papers in relevant conferences

In an effort to address empirical research issues pertinent to agricultural policy and development in the region, the Programme supports alumni to present papers drawn from their thesis work at various international conferences. Alumni are encouraged to work on publications from their theses either for policy briefs or journal publications as part of contributing to policy and knowledge in the discipline.



Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives

The SFSE offers students an expanded selection of elective subjects in addition to a foundation course in their preferred fields of specialized study during the third semester of their studies. All CMAAE students proceed to the SFSE located at the University of Pretoria South Africa. At the facility lectures specialized in various fields competitively selected from all over the globe to teach during the 4 months period between August and November. At the SFSE CMAAE students get an opportunity to access over 1600 online journals, up to date reference text books and well advanced teaching facilities.  Therefore, the SFSE addresses the problem of shortage of qualified subject specialists and facilities.

The course selection at the SFSE comprises a Foundation course in specialized field; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; two electives and Thesis seminar (in all fields). In Addition, in the electives students have the freedom to select one additional elective from any other area of specialization outside their immediate field.

Table below shows a summary of the specialization and electives   as offered at the SFSE at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.


N/B-A student can (optional) audit any one additional elective from other cluster other than his/her own cluster, but only after  choosing the foundation,  2 common  courses and one elective from his/her cluster.
Cluster A Agribusiness Management
Foundation Course (Compulsory) Common Courses Electives (Select One)
Agribusiness Management

Institutional &Behavioral Economics


Finance and Risk Management

Agribusiness Supply Chain Management


Project Planning and Management

Cluster B Agricultural and Rural Development
Foundation Course (Compulsory)
Common Courses Electives (Select One)
Agricultural & Rural Development

Institutional &  Behavioral Economics


Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis 



Gender & Economic Development


Project Planning and Management


Quantitative Analysis of Agricultural Policy


Farm Management and Production


Farming Systems Analysis

Cluster C
Environment and Natural Resource Management
Foundation Course (Compulsory)
Common Courses Electives (Select One)
Environment & Natural Resource; Management

Institutional & Behavioral Economics


Natural Resource Economics and Management

Environmental Valuation and Policy


Quantitative Methods in Environmental Economics


Project Planning and Management

Cluster D Agricultural Policy and Trade
Foundation Course (Compulsory)
Common Courses Electives (Select One)
Agricultural Policy & Trade

Institutional & Behavioral Economics


Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis




International Trade and Policy

Project Planning and Management


Quantitative Analysis of Agricultural Policy


Food Policy Analysis


Choice of The areas of Specializations for the last 6 Cohorts 


All students are required to complete a thesis and undertake an oral examination in their fourth and fifth semesters. Thesis supervision is provided by a designated supervisor, with the assistance of an additional thesis committee member, from within or outside the home university, providing specialised guidance.

Degree Award

A student graduates after successful completion of all the required courses, thesis writing and presenting an oral examination of the thesis. This gives a total score of 45 credit hours.

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