30 November 2017

Call for Papers for Conference and General Meeting: Agricultural Economics Society of Tanzania

This event is redirected by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from Sokoine University of Agriculture.

The 10th AGREST conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March 2018. The conference will be held in Dodoma,Tanzania.


In the late 1990’s, the agriculture sector of Tanzania has experienced major structural changes. The Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) brought about changes in the role of the public and private sector in agriculture development. The government role in production was changed to that of monitoring and ensuring a conducive business environment. The private sector role was enhanced and accorded much work to ensure higher levels of agriculture development. However, after nearly three decades of such changes, the agricultural growth rate continues to be low with trendy fluctuations.

Recently, the government of Tanzania has given greater emphasis on industrialization as the driver for economic development. Together with this, the government role in doing business is changing. Since Tanzania’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture, the call for industrialization is a call for the agriculture sector to take the lead. The agriculture sector need to change the way it does business to have numerous implications for the structure of the industry, rural economy and public policy.

There is thus a need for structural transformation to develop the agriculture sector as a commodity industry. In addition to its emphasis on industrialization, the government is also calling for stronger public and private institutions and agencies with which she can work. This results into the second crucial element of agricultural development, the Public Private Partnership against which AGREST seeks to bring together academicians and practitioners to brainstorm.

What is the implication of the changing role of the government and the PPP to agricultural industrialization and markets? What are the prospects, opportunities and challenges?

AGREST conference
AGREST conference is intending to receive a wide range of contributions addressing the complex issue of agricultural development in Tanzania. We therefore welcome all types of contributions: empirical, theoretical, conceptual and practical by scientists and practitioners.

The following are sub themes of the conference:

  • The role of private sector in agricultural transformation
  • Changing role of the government and institutions towards doing business
  • Agriculture led industrialization
  • Impact of current Government reforms on food security and poverty
  • Getting the market right!
  • Emerging functional and organizational issues in agricultural sector
  • Sub-sector or commodity analysis of reforms
  • Gender and industrialization in Tanzania
  • Policy and politics is shaping agriculture growth and industrialization

Important dates are as follows

  • Submission of abstract – 30th November 2017
  • Notification of acceptance – 7th December 2017
  • Submission of full papers – 31st January 2018

Good quality presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the AGREST.

All submissions should be done online through the following emails: ndyetabula@suanet.ac.tz and msuyaee@suanet.ac.tz.

Contact Information
For clarification, you can use the same emails or phone number +255754 284455 or +255655254417.


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