The Annual Bank Conference on Africa: Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture

The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held at Berkeley, California, on June 5-6,
2017. It will cover various topics pertinent to 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, and the University of California, Davis, and the Agricultural Technology Adoption
The conference will include a Keynote Addresses by Kathryn Dewey, 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.
Submitted papers with a focus on Africa are now welcome on any of the following topics:
• Structural transformation and agriculture;
• Adoption and profitable use of agricultural technology;
• The political economy of agriculture;
• Data and measurement issues pertinent to agriculture;
as well as papers that examine the following in the context of agriculture: economic growth, conflict,
resilience, productivity, input and output markets, gender, land tenure, urbanization, education, health,
nutrition, labor, safety nets, and/or regional integration.
Full papers should be submitted in pdf format by February 24, 2017. Submissions should be e-mailed to, and will be considered by a program committee including Michael Carter (UCD),
Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Edward Miguel (UCB), Jeremy Magruder (UCB), and Muthoni Ngatia
(World Bank). Decisions will be made by March 31. Limited funds to support travel for successful African
presenters may be available.