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STAARS: structural transformation of African agriculture and rural spaces

STAARS: Research in support of the structural transformation of African agriculture and rural spaces


The STAARS project is a multiyear (2014-2019) initiative of the AfDB, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the World Bank, and Cornell University. 
The Project aims at conducting rigorous, policy-relevant research related to structural transformation of African agriculture and rural spaces, building capacity of young African researchers, and disseminating knowledge through technical and non-technical publications, conferences and workshops, and high-level roundtable policy dialogues.         
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Presentation of the STAARS project by Prof. Chris Barrett (Cornell University, USA)                                                                                                                                                    

Importance of the STAARS project for the AfDB and Africa, by Dr. Abebe Shimeles, Manager of the research division at the African Development Bank.


2019 NBER-STAARS Conference: Transforming Rural Africa

The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), held an international conference on Transforming Rural Africa from February 28 to March 1, 2019 in Cambridge, MA, USA.    


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2018 NBER-STAARS International Conference

The 2018 NBER-STAARS International Conference will bring together top-tier researchers from all over the world to rigorously discuss the state, challenges and opportunities for a success transformation of African agriculture.   



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2017 STAARS Technical workshop

On December 11 and 12, 2017, the headquarters of the African Development Bank hosted a workshop dedicated to the STAARS project. Co-organized by the Bank and Cornell University in the United States, the workshop brought together a large STAARS community, composed of researchers, specialists and other practitioners...
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