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.


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...       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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