Public Seminar on Megatrends affecting Africa’s Rural Transformation

The Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) and the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe, Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension is delighted to invite you to participate in the Public Seminar presented by internationally renowned agricultural economist, Professor Thomas S. Jayne, of Michigan State University. The Seminar will run under the theme; “Megatrends Shaping African Agriculture: Insights and Implications for Enhancing Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Zimbabwe.”

Where: At the University of Zimbabwe, Lecture Theatre 1, Faculty of Agriculture in Harare

When:  Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 from 10:00am-12:30pm

This seminar discusses four near-term trends that are fundamentally influencing Africa’s economies over the next decade:  rapid population growth, growing land scarcity and rising land prices, the migration of Africa’s rural youth into non-farm employment in record numbers, and the rise of urban-based investor farmers.  Under status quo policies, these four trends will provide opportunities as well as major challenges for African policy makers and will fundamentally alter the rural landscape.  Rather than accept these “megatrends” as faits accomplis, it will be argued that most current trends are not inevitable and can be influenced in socially desirable directions by public actions if properly anticipated.  In conclusion a number of policy proposals will be provided for consideration by African governments and the salience of these proposals to Zimbabwe’s particular context.

You are most welcome to attend and please share this information with other stakeholders.

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