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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”

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 Hits:414

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

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 Hits:856

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

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 Hits:1522

    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

Training

Participating Universities and Contacts

Interested applicants should direct their applications to any of the 8 Accredited universities whose addresses and other co-ordinates are given below. 

Accredited Departments

Non-Accredited Departments

Dr. Gabriel Elepu
Department of Agricultural Economics 
Makerere University
P.O. Box 7062, Kampala
Uganda
Tel: 041 543880 or 041 531152
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Elias Kuntashula
University of Zambia 
Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Extension Education 
P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka
Zambia 
Tel: +260-211-295419 
Cell: +260-966-454366
Fax: 295655
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Dr. Shephard Siziba 
University of Zimbabwe
Dept. of Agricultural Econ & Extension
P.O. Box MP 167
Mt. Pleasant, Harare
Zimbabwe 
Tel: 263 11 874864
Cell: +263-912-321760/912-482561/772482561
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Dr. Jared Isaboke Mose
Moi University
Dept of Economics and Agricultural Resource Management,
School Of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Eldoret
Kenya 
Tel: 254 321 63111/2/3
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Dr. Freddy T.M Kilima
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Dept. of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
P.O. Box 3007, Morogoro
Tanzania
Tel: 255 23 2603511/4/5
Cell: +255-754-208902
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Dr. Milly Monkhei
Botswana College of Agriculture
Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Education and Extension
Private Bag 0027, Gaborone
Botswana 
Tel: 267 3650242
Fax: 267 328753
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Dr. Kennedy Machira
Dept. of Agricultural & Applied Economics
Bunda College of Agriculture
University of Malawi
P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe
Malawi 
Tel: 265 1 277419
Cell : +265-999-283718
Fax: 265 1 277364
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Prof. Asha Abdel Rahim  

University of Juba

Republic of South Sudan

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Charles Machethe
University of Pretoria
Department of Agricultural Economics
P.O. Box 14303
Hatfield 0028, Pretoria
South Africa
Tel: 27 12 420 3248 or 27 12 420 7576
Fax: 27 12 420 3247
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Dr. Antoine Karangwa 
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (CAVM)

P.O. Box 3971 Kigali
Rwanda
Tel: 250 0255102938
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Dr. Alelign Ademe Mengitsu
Haramaya University
P.O.Box 138, Dire Dawa
Ethiopia
Fax : 251 5 114008/115230
Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Prof. Nick Vink 
University of Stellenbosch
Dept. of Agricultural Economics
7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa 
Tel: +27 21 808 4899 
Fax: +27 21 808 4670 
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Prof. Patience Mshenga
Egerton University
Agricultural Econ. & Agribusiness Management
P.O. Box 536, Njoro
Kenya
Tel: 254 723815982/264735423646
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Dr. Rober Mbceche 

Chair Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics (DARE)
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology,
P.O. Box 62000
Nairobi, 
Kenya

   

Dr. John Mburu 
University of Nairobi
Kabete Campus 
Department of Agricultural Economics
P.O. Box 29053,
Nairobi
Tel: 254 2 632150/020-2091967
Cell: +254-725-886241
Fax : 254 2 631815
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Chair of the Academic Advisory Board (AAB)

Dr. Micah Masuku
University of Swaziland
Dept. of Agric. Econ & Management
P.O. Luyengo
Swaziland
Tel: 268 252-74021
Cell: +268-7602-6557/76030059
Fax: 268 5283021
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Dr. Bruno de Araujo

HOD Economics and Agricultural Development

Eduardo Mondlane University

P.O. Box 257, Maputo
Mozambique
Tel: 258 1 482176

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Dr. Sotja Graham Dlamini

University of Swaziland

Dept.of Agric. Econ & Management

P.O.Luyengo

Swaziland

Tel:26825274021

Cell: +268-7602-6557/76030059

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 Applications for CMAAE Scholarships

AERC provides a number of scholarships to aspiring students admitted in accredited universities. To merit consideration, candidates should apply and be accepted by one of the accredited universities. The Head of Department of the Agricultural and Applied Economics at their respective university should endorse applications for AERC support. Amongst other qualifying factors, criteria for selection for AERC support include the following:

  • Applicant must have attained at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in agricultural economics, agribusiness management, agricultural sciences, economics or related field;
  • Applicant must possess admission into any of the accredited universities in the CMAAE network; and
  • Qualified women and applicants from post-conflict and fragile states are particularly encouraged to apply.

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 (usually it is not later than July).

 

 

The Masters Course

CMAAE

Admission Requirements

Applicants into the program should have first degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness or related courses such as general agricultural sciences, economics and social science as well as those in mid-career.

Core Courses

For the award of Masters Degree, the students are required to complete eight core courses and one common course in Institutional and Behavioral Economics all scheduled for semester 1 & 2.
Semester 1 (13-15 weeks): Microeconomics, Statistics, Mathematics, and Issues in Agricultural and Applied Economics
Semester 2 (13-15 weeks): Production Economics, Econometrics, Macro-economics, Research Methods, computer applications and Institutional and Behavioral Economics
Semester 3: During the third semester students converge at a Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives (SFSE). This is a facility where students from all of the accredited universities together with visiting professors drawn from all over the world (International Standards Professors (ISP)) converge for 4 months between August and November. During the SFSE students specialize in 4 areas:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Management
  • Agricultural Policy & Trade 

Over the years, SFSE has been held at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. This is based on the fact that UP has world class facilities with ambient environment suitable for learning.

The last part of the course involves thesis research. This process starts at the shared facility where students present their concept notes during weekly seminar sessions. The concepts are then developed in line with the various 4 areas of specializations to enable students fit in specific sub-disciplines.

For the majority of students, the program is designed to provide analytical skills in the 4 areas of specialization, which enable them function effectively as professionals upon graduation. For a smaller number seeking a career in higher education and research, the program provides the foundation in theory and methods necessary to succeed in a disciplinary or non-disciplinary focused PhD.

Upon completion, all CMAAE graduates are encouraged to belong to an alumni association. To facilitate the association, the program runs an interactive alumni weblink within AERC website where graduates can interact. The association and the alumni weblink provide the platform through which alumni network and exchange ideas on their various experiences in their career path for the promotion of Agricultural Development in their respective countries. 

Figure below shows the profile of the program from admission to completion.

CMAAE course profile



 

Description

The Collaborative Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) is one of the postgraduate programmes under the Training Department. The overall goal of the CMAAE Programme is to build capacity to conduct policy research in agricultural and applied economics to address food security, agricultural productivity and environmental management. 

The Specific Programme Objectives

  1. Produce graduates in agricultural and applied economic with the knowledge and skills for transforming the agro-food sectors and the rural economies of the region in an environmentally sustainable fashion thus helping fulfill the millennium development goals (MDGs), besides addressing the persistent problems of food insecurity and  poverty in   Africa. 
  2. Upgrade the teaching and research capacity of departments currently in the CMAAE Programme, and initiate planning for a system to scale out the Programme to other regions of SSA
  3. Strengthen Research network to promote Agricultural Development

Seventeen universities from Eastern, Central and Southern Africa participate in the Programme. The universities are divided into two categories: accredited universities (8) that have capacity to offer core courses; and non-accredited universities (9) that do not offer the CMAAE degrees but send students to the accredited universities.  

CMAAE Universities

Accredited Universities:

  1. Bunda College of Agriculture (Malawi)
  2. Egerton University (Kenya)
  3. Makerere University (Uganda)
  4. Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania)
  5. University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  6. University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  7. University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
  8. Haramaya University (Ethiopia)

Non-accredited Universities:

  • Botswana College of Agriculture (Botswana)
  • Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya)
  • Moi University (Kenya)
  • Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  • University of Juba (South Sudan)
  • University of Rwanda (Rwanda)
  • University of Swaziland (Swaziland)
  • University of Zambia (Zambia)

 

CMAAE Academic Activities

The typical degree programme takes 18-24 months and is divided into three components:

1.Core Courses

In the first year of study, students are required to complete eight core courses and one common course in Institutional and Behavioral Economics all scheduled for semesters 1 & 2. 

Semester 1 (13-15 weeks): Microeconomics, Statistics, Mathematics, and Issues in Agricultural and Applied Economics. 

Semester 2 (13-15 weeks): Production Economics, Econometrics, Macro-economics, Research Methods, Computer Applications and Institutional and Behavioral Economics

2.Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives

During the third semester covering four months (August – November), students from all the accredited universities converge at a Shared Facility for Specialization and Electives (SFSE) for teaching of foundation and elective courses by visiting professors drawn from all over the world. Each student is expected to take one foundation course in his/her chosen field of specialization from the following four areas:  Agribusiness Management, Agricultural and Rural Development, Agricultural Policy Analysis and Environmental and Natural Resource Management). In addition, students take one common course and at least one elective course in the specific cluster or area of specialization. The approved CMAAE elective courses from which selections are made are listed below.

FOUNDATION COURSES

 

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Management
  • Agricultural Policy Analysis

 

COMMON AND ELECTIVE COURSES

 

  1. Agricultural Project Planning and Management
  2. Agribusiness Supply Chain Management
  3. Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis
  4. Quantitative Methods in Environmental Economics
  5. Quantitative Analysis of Agricultural Policy
  6. Science and Technology Policy Analysis
  7. International Trade and Policy
  8. Agribusiness Marketing Management 
  9. Finance and Risk Management
  10. Farm Management and Production
  11. Natural Resource Economics and Management
  12. Operations Research in Agribusiness Management
  13. Food Policy Analysis
  14. Economics of Climate Change
  15. Environmental Valuation and Policy
  16. Gender and Economic Development
  17. Farming Systems and Sustainable Livelihood Analysis
  18. Strategic Management in Agribusiness
  19. Microfinance and Small Business Management
  20. Economics of Climate Change

 

Over the years, SFSE has been held at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. This is based on the fact that UP has a world class facility with an environment that is conducive for learning.

3.Thesis Research

The last part of the course involves thesis research. This process starts at the SFSE where students present their concept notes during weekly seminar sessions. The concepts are then developed in line with the four areas of specializations to enable students fit in specific sub-disciplines. The students then proceed back to their respective accredited universities to write their thesis. 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 specialized guidance.

Upon completion, all CMAAE graduates are encouraged to belong to an alumni association. To facilitate the association, the Programme runs an interactive alumni weblink within AERC website where graduates can interact. The association and the alumni weblink provide the platform through which alumni network exchange ideas on their various experiences in their career path for the promotion of Agricultural Development in their respective countries. 

 

 

CMAP - Joint facility for Electives

Joint Facility for Electives (JFE) is a residential programme of elective courses conducted by AERC at a facility to serve both the Collaborative Master’s Programme and the Collaborative PhD Programme in consecutive sessions. The JFE programme presents high quality core curriculum courses that are generally beyond the capacity or existing demand of the participating universities. The idea is to ensure that the programmes’ high standards are maintained, as well as to pull students together in a mutually enriching environment. AERC is the executing agency responsible for all resource mobilization, logistics and contractual arrangements.

The programme is intensive and fast-paced. A distinctive feature of the JFE is its innovative focus and combination of intensive academic teaching to produce a cadre of qualified graduates for absorption in policy making positions in public and private sectors in their home countries. The JFE is very positively rated among training centres in Africa and beyond. The depth of coverage and quality of the learning facility makes it a leading human capacity building effort. It differentiates CMAP and CPP products from all others in the region.

The JFE is recognized by students, faculty and graduates alike as a significant contributor to the distinctiveness and higher value added of the CMAP and CPP degrees. Benefits associated with the JFE, such as access to better teaching materials that visiting faculty use to upgrade courses back home, and the opportunity for students to meet and network with other Africans in the discipline, add to the implicit benefits, which are not factored into its cost. Such considerations have led programme evaluators and the Academic Board members to the conclusion that the current management and set-up of the JFE remains, for now, the most viable option for assuring the quantitative and qualitative benefits of the programme.

 

 

PhD Thesis Research Awards

Each year AERC offers a limited number of awards with a maximum value of US$15,000 towards PhD thesis research. To be eligible for consideration, the request must come from an African national intending to pursue a career in economic management, research and/or teaching at an institution in sub-Saharan Africa.
Requests should be supported by the following documentation:

  • Evidence of an attachment to, or sponsorship by, an institution in sub-Saharan Africa engaged in economic management, research and/or training in the public sector.
  • An approved research proposal, complete with clearly defined objectives, substantial literature review and a well-outlined analytical framework, as well as pertinent research methodology.
  • A statement of limitations and policy relevance of the study.
  • A letter of reference from the thesis supervisor.
  • A detailed budget including evidence of any additional financial support that may be necessary to complete the programme.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Deadlines
The PhD research awards have two deadlines per year: April 1 for the June award and November 1 for the January award.

 

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