The Annual Bank Conference on Africa: The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture
June 1-2, 2017Sutardja Dai Hall Berkeley, California

The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held at Berkeley, California, on June 1-2, 2017. It will cover various topics pertinent to the agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region), the University of California, Berkeley, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access, and the Agriculural Technology Adoption Initiative.

The conference will include Keynote Addresses by Kathryn Dewer (University of California, Davis), Ted Miguel (University of California, Berkeley), and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank Vice-President for the Africa Region), as well as invited contributions by senior scholars.

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8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Breakfast   

9:00 - 10:30 Opening Session | Watch the replay

  • Opening Remarks: Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank
  • Keynote Speaker: Kay Dewey, University of California, Davis
  • Title: Aligning Agriculture to Meet Nutritional Needs:  Taking The Long View

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Sessions A

A1: Nutrition 1
Chair: Ethel Sennhauser, World Bank 

A2: Land Tenure 1
Chair: Holger Kray, World Bank   

A3: Agricultural Markets
Chair: Dina Umali-Deininger, World Bank   

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch   

2:00 - 3:30 Parallel Session B

B1: Nutrition 2
Chair: Mark Cackler, World Bank   

B2: Land Tenure 2
Chair: Markus Goldstein, World Bank 

B3: Data and Measurement
Chair: Gero Carletto, World Bank 

3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:30 Invited Panel | Watch the replay

Chair: Markus Goldstein, World Bank  


  • Michael Carter, University of California, Davis
  • Lori Beaman, Northwestern University
  • Alain De Janvry, University of California, Berkeley


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9:00 - 10:30 Key Note | Watch the replay

Chair: Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank

Key Note Speaker:  Ted Miguel, University of California, Berkeley

Title: Understanding the Agricultural Productivity Gap

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Sessions C

C1: Development Programs and Agriculture
Chair: Ted Miguel, University of California, Berkeley   

C2: Risk and Insurance
Chair: Michael Carter, University of California, Davis

C3: Farm Labor
Chair: Emmanuel Lartey, World Bank   

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 Parallel Session D

D1: Productivity of Small Holder Farms
Chair: Moussa Blimpo, World Bank   

D2: Technology Adoption   
Chair: Jeremy Magruder, University of California, Berkeley   

D3: Households   
Chair: Anthony Mveyange, World Bank   

3:30- 3:45 Coffee Break

3:45 - 5:15 Parallel Session E

E1: Social Networks/Producer Organizations
Chair: Karen Macours, Paris School of Economics 

E2: Smallholder farmers: Productivity and Coordination
Chair: Niklas Buehren, World Bank   

E3: Public Finance and Subsidies
Chair: Aparajita Goyal, World Bank 

  • Date: June 1-2, 2017
  • Opening Session: June 1, 2017 at 9am PDT
  • Location: Sutardja Dai Hall Berkeley, CA