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


The fourth Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) was held in Berkeley, California, on June 5-6, 2017. This academic conference covered various topics pertinent to agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was being 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 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   

Albert Zeufack, the World Bank's Chief Economist for Africa made the opening remarks. The keynote addresses were by Kathryn Dewey, University of California, Davis, and Ted Miguel, University of California, Berkeley.  AMA Innovation Lab Director, Michael Carter joined Berkeley Professor Alain de Janvry and Lori Beaman of Northwestern in a special panel discussing agricultural productivity and poverty reduction.

Find a great round up of this two day event here, along with videos of the main presentations.