About AAAE

The African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) is a nonprofit association, serving the professional interests of its members, working in agricultural and broadly related fields of development economics. Our members are professionals working in academic and/or government, and engage in a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities. Our work addresses a broad range of topics, such as the economics of agriculture, policy, national and international development, resources, environment, food security, and agribusiness. This is aimed at improving the productivity of African agriculture.
Founded in 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya during its Inaugural Symposium, AAAE has over the years registered steady membership growth. Our primary objective is to further the agricultural economics profession as well as develop relevant policy options that show the trade-offs of productivity and income growth, and the sustenance of the natural resource base. AAAE was formally registered on 19 September 2005 as a nonprofit association in Kenya, under the Societies Rules 1968.



Our vision is to lead and support capacity building activities of our members, and contribute to policy, research and development on African agriculture. This is a responsibility we undertake with a strong sense of purpose, direction and determination to work with all members and affiliate organizations to make this association a world-class professional association – and one that is relevant in spearheading major development issues that affect agriculture in Africa.


Our mission is to enhance the skills, knowledge, and professional contributions of agricultural economists who help society solve agricultural, developmental, and food security trials in achieving a thriving, sustainable and well-nourished Africa


Main Objectives

Our broad objectives are to make a difference through:

  • Improving engagement among agricultural economists in Africa and the global community of practice for promoting sustainable agricultural development
  • Promoting training, policy research, and outreach within the African continent, to enhance agricultural productivity and farm incomes and competitiveness along the commodity value chains
  • Contributing to broad-based rural development, poverty reduction, food security and sustainable use of natural resources in the continent of Africa