4th Annual Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists, 2020. Call for Abstracts

THEME: “Transforming Ghana’s Agriculture through Sustainable Food Systems and Agribusiness”

Date: August 4 – 7, 2020

Venue: University for Development Studies, Tamale

Conference Preamble

The 4th Annual Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE) dubbed GAAE 2020 Conference would be held at the University for Development Studies, Tamale from Tuesday, 4th August to Friday, 7th August, 2020.

Achieving the goals of agriculture as a major contributor to employment, poverty alleviation, food security, and nutrition as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, and 3 requires understanding of the drivers of agricultural transformation. This involves moving from traditional low productivity-based agriculture to modern production methods that are market-driven. Similarly, the transformation process requires sustainable food systems that achieve high productivity growth through the use of improved technologies, and must promote economic profitability, social equity, and environmental justice. This implies that all actors involved in the agricultural systems such as producers, consumers, processors, distributors, service providers, policy makers, local and international partners have roles to play in ensuring a sustainable transformation of the agricultural systems. The transformation process involves significant and sustained investments (both financial and technical) in production, processing, storage, and marketing technologies as well as critical infrastructure. Agricultural financing along the agricultural value chain processes will encourage farm investments and eliminate critical constraints which often serve as disincentives to farm participation by the teeming youth. Thus, transforming the processes along the agricultural value chains and food systems will attract the youth into agriculture, create enabling environment for job creation, reduce youth unemployment, and enhance general economic growth. In addition, the transformation of the food system and the agricultural sector will reduce food losses and waste, ensure secure and healthy food for the population, and thereby promote social equity, and environmental sustainability through the use of climate-smart technologies and practices which are consistent with SDG 13.

Sub-Themes

1. Food Production, Food Loss and Waste: Efficiency and productivity analysis; food and nutrition security, food quality and safety; SDGs; farm level and postharvest losses. 2. Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Options: Climate change impacts on agriculture, adaptation and mitigation mechanisms; sustainable intensification options; ecosystems based management systems; nutrition-sensitive agriculture. 3. Value Chain Development and Food Safety: Promoting value chain development and infrastructure in the crop, livestock, poultry, fisheries subsectors, agro-based industries; chemical use in production, processing and preservation (storage), food environments- street foods, food joints, chop bars, restaurants, home cooked food and nutrition security. 4. Agricultural Finance and Markets: Promoting agricultural production and risk-financing, microcredit, agricultural insurance; investment in agricultural input and output markets; domestic and international agribusiness trade; post-harvest management and infrastructural financing; agricultural e-marketing. 5. Job Creation: Training and creating jobs in agriculture for the youth for national development, exploring the entrepreneurial drive of youth and livelihood diversification; partnerships for delivery of outputs from research & development.

For enquiries on the Call, please contact:

Conference Convener:

Prof. Irene S. Egyir (iegyir@ug.edu.gh )

LOC Chair: Dr. Joseph A. Awuni (aawuni@uds.edu.gh)

LOC Member: Dr. Sylvester Ayambila (sayambila@uds.edu.gh)

LOC Member: Dr. Osman Damba (otahidu@uds.edu.gh )

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