From November 12-15, 2018, AGRODEP hosted a workshop on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) regional office in Dakar.
The workshop aimed: (a) to present recent and ongoing research related to the CFTA and to regional integration in Africa, (b) to launch an AGRODEP expert group for policy analysis and advisory services (PAAS) in the area of trade and regional integration, and (c) to discuss research questions and priorities and innovative research methodologies to support evidence-based policy recommendations.
The last two days of the workshop were devoted to a refresher training course on methods and models used in trade analysis.
Following the AfCFTA workshop, an authors' workshop was held for the participants of the Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) on November 16.
AGRODEP hosted a training course in late 2017 focused on Policy Analysis and Innovations in Value Chains. The course was held from December 19-20, 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. Tanguy Bernard and Gasahw Tadesse Abate, both of IFPRI, taught the two-day course.
The first 2013 AGRODEP training course, Impact Evaluation and Analysis of Development Interventions, was held at IFPRI Dakar office on May 13-18, 2013. This course intended to provide African-based researchers with knowledge of the latest developments regarding both technical and topical aspects of impact evaluation. The course was also meant to help build a high-level network of local impact evaluation practitioners and partners of within the region. A follow up course will be offered in Fall 2013.
AGRODEP offered a training course on Tools for Value Chain Analysis on March 29 - April 1, 2016. The two-part course featured the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and the Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA), and was taught by Hazel Malapit (IFPRI) and Sarah Mayanja (CIP), respectively. Twelve members of the AGRODEP Value Chain Analysis group participated in the course.
AGRODEP offered a training course on Losses along Value Chains on October 17-19, 2016 in Accra. The course focused on key concepts and issues related to food loss and waste along value chains, and was taught by Maximo Torero (IFPRI), Monica Schuster (U Antwerp), and Luciana Delgado (IFPRI).
AGRODEP held an Impact Evaluation Network Workshop with several members of the AIEN in early March, 2016. Ten AIEN members and several impact evaluation researchers from IFPRI and other institutions in the Washington DC Metro participated in the workshop.
The 2015 offering of the training course Applied Microeconometrics took place in Dakar from December 7-10, 2015. The course aimed to help participants analyze microeconomic data by applying different econometric techniques using a popular specialized software.
The latest addition to AGRODEP's course offerings, Augmented Gravity Models, was held in Dakar, Senegal from October 5-9, 2015. Participants were provided with a hands-on introduction to gravity modeling which included the theoretical foundation, empericial strategies, and importance of correct specification of gravity models.
The 2015 training course on Applied Panel Data Econometrics was held in Dakar, Senegal from September 7-11, 2015. This course focused on core panel data techniques and implementation of estimators and tests using R.
The 2015 training course on Agricultural Distortions & Value Chains was held in Dakar, Senegal from September 1-3, 2015. This course helped participants develop an understanding of value chain analysis and factors that can influence value chains. Both conceptual and applied approaches were explored.
The 2015 training course on Applied Nonparametric Econometrics was held in Dakar, Senegal from July 27- 31, 2015. This course exposes students to the current practice of applied nonparametric methods. These methods are designed to overcome misspecification issues that dominate applied economic research.
The 2015 training course on Productivity and Efficiency Analysis was held in Dakar, Senegal from August 3-7, 2015. This course introduced students to the fundamentals of productivity and efficiency analysis and model implementation through R.
The 2014 training course on the Evaluation of Public Policies was held in Pretoria, South Africa from December 8-10, 2014. The course was taught by Guy Lacroix of Laval University. The course introduced participants to the latest methodological developments in evaluating public policy.
The 2014 training course on Productivity and Efficiency Analysis was held in Pretoria, South Africa from December 15-19, 2014. The course was taught by Christopher Parmeter of the University of Miami. The course introduced participants to the fundamentals of productivity and efficiency analysis using R.
The 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, held in Dakar on June 18-20, 2014, was co-hosted by GTAP and AGRODEP. The theme of this year's conference was "New Challenges in Food Policy, Trade and Economic Vulnerability." Nearly 30 AGRODEP members were invited to attend the conference and many of them had the opportunity to present their research.
The 2014 Training Course series on Advanced CGE Modeling was held in Dakar on June 16-17 and June 22, 2014 surrounding the 2014 GTAP conference. The first portion focused on IFPRI and PEP models and the second course was co-sponsored by the World Bank and covered regional trade integration. The first two days were taught by Ismael Fofana and Fousseini Traore, and the last day was taught by David Tarr and Thomas Rutherford.