The Annual Bank Conference on Africa: The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture


Event Date

UC Berkeley

The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) was held at Berkeley, California, on June 5-6, 2017. It covered various topics pertinent to agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was organized jointly by the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region), the the University of California, Berkeley, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative.

The conference focused on Africa are now welcome on any of the following topics:

  • Structural transformation and agriculture
  • Adoption and profitable use of agricultural technology
  • The political economy of agriculture
  • Data and measurement issues pertinent to agriculture   

The conference included a Keynote Addresses by Kathryn Dewey, University of California, Davis, Ted Miguel, University of California, Berkeley and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank VicePresident for the Africa Region), as well as invited contributions by senior scholars, such as AMA Innovation Lab Director, Michael Carter.