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Photo of Dr. Eicher - Michigan State University,

Photo of Dr. Eicher – Michigan State University

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Carl K. Eicher have established a fund under the IAAE to support an award for the best doctoral dissertation on Africa to honour the outstanding contributions of the late Professor Eicher to African agricultural research and education. The first award will be made at the International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Milan in August, 2015, consisting of cash prize of $1,000 and partial travel support to attend the conference. The IAAE is now calling for nominations for the award.

  • Any Dept. of Agricultural Economics or other Dept. of Economics or allied discipline with a specialization in Agricultural Economics can present through
    its Head of Department a maximum of one nomination.
  • All doctoral dissertations relating to agricultural economics (according to the JEL classification) applied to an African problem (defined according the FAO
    classification of African countries) are eligible.
  • Doctoral dissertations must have been completed during the years, 2012, 2013 or 2014.
  • Each nomination must include a cover memo of two pages maximum on why the dissertation has been selected for nomination, as well as an electronic copy
    of the dissertation.
  • Nominators are also expected to provide the IAAE with the name of a recognized Agricultural Economist who has agreed to serve as a member of the Review Committee to select the winning entry.
  • Nominations should be sent to by 24:00 hrs. GMT March 15th, March. 2015

Photo of Dr. Eicher – Michigan State University,

Uganda is one of the leading producers of Sweet potato in Africa. But research into this staple crop has been neglected with farmers recycling diseased and poor yielding varieties. Bionnovate has been working to improve the yield of sweet potato crops in East Africa.

Dr. Settumba Mukasa is the Bioinnovate project scientist at Makerere University and also a Principal Investigator on the RUFORUM Community Action Research Project (CARP) focusing on Developing a community-based cassava seed system for increased productivity and market linkages in Uganda.

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