Kirsten, Johann

University of Pretoria
Current Country: South Africa
Johann Kirsten graduated with a BSc Agric Hons (Agricultural Economics)degree from the University of Stellenbosch before joining the Department of Agriculture in Pretoria. While in Pretoria, he completed his MSc Agric (cum laude) and then spent 2 years in London as South Africa's agricultural attaché. He returned to South Africa in 1992 when he joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria as lecturer. He completed his PhD in 1994 and in 1996 was appointed Professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria. Johann has published 86 articles in peer reviewed journals as author and co-author and also co-edited 4 books. A total of 29 Masters students and 13 PhD students completed their studies under his supervision. His main research interests relate the commercialisation of farming in poor communities, land reform, and agricultural policy in general. Recently, his research focus shifted to aspects related to price transmission and the role of market power in supply chains. He is currently appointed as a part-time council member of the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) and has been involved in many policy processes for the government. He is also serving as the Vice-President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists for the period 2006 - 2009.


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