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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.

The conference brought together researchers who offered a range of perspectives on the structural transformation under way in rural Africa, based especially on micro-scale evidence from households and firms.

Twelve high-quality research papers were presented at the conference on policy-relevant topics, including, electrification, raising agricultural productivity, industrialization, increasing transportation infrastructure and regional connectedness and gender inequality. Other papers reflected on rural access to finance and factors influencing the quality of life for African people.

The programme and all the papers presented during the conference can be downloaded at the following link:

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.

Concept note and a call for papers will be available soon.

2017 STAARS Technical workshop

  • From: 11/12/2017
  • To: 12/12/2017
  • Location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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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.

For more about the STAARS Fellowship Program, please visit: