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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2017 STAARS Technical workshop

A STAARS Technical workshop will be held at the AfDB Headquarters Building in Abidjan, on December 11-12, 2017. Organized by AfDB and Cornell University, the workshop will bring researchers from the STAARS community and other practitioners to discuss recent developments on agricultural research in Africa and analyze their policy implications.       Read more

2017 STAARS Fellowship Program

The STAARS Fellowship Program is a highly selective research program aimed at strengthening agricultural research capacities of young African scholars. Six highly qualified young African researchers are part of the 2017 cohort and are currently working with senior researchers at Cornell University.     

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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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