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09:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Employment Along Beef and Agricultural Value Chains in Africa

In 2016, the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) partnered with IFPRI to support network research on agricultural and beef value chains in Africa. Five research studies were undertaken to investigate employment generation along beef and other agricultural value chains, two each in East and West Africa and one in Southern Africa. In addition, a total of 15 postgraduate students were supported to carry out thesis research, 5 in 2016 and 10 in 2017/18.

This dissemination workshop will present and discuss results from three of the five studies as well as a synthesis report on all five studies.

  • “Beef Value Chain Analysis and its Employment Generation Potentials in Eastern Ethiopia” forecasts an increase in the demand for beef by 6% and 24% in the rural and urban areas, respectively. More than 90% of the households’ work force directly participates in beef cattle production and marketing implying an enormous potential of the beef sector for employment generation.

Presenter:Dr. Abule Mehare, Haramaya University, Ethiopia


  • “Employment Generation along Beef Value Chains in Nigeria” finds that there has been an increase in the demand for beef over the last decade with an annual growth of 2%, a development which has incentivized current actors in the beef value chain occasioning an influx of new actors.

Presenter:Dr. Osayanmon Osawe, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


  • “Household Demand for Common Beans in Lilongwe City of Malawi: A Censored Demand System Approach” assesses the responsiveness of demand of different varieties of common beans to price and income changes among households and concludes that common bean varieties are necessary goods with price-elastic demand, but not all are substitutes and hence recommends coordinated efforts to revive the bean supply chain to boost current production of the crop.

Presenter:Mr. Wupe Msukwa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi


  • Synthesis Report

Presenter:Prof Patrick Malope, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis

Opening and Closing Remarks

v Prof Njuguna Ndungú, Executive Director, AERC

v Dr. Samuel Benin, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Office, IFPRI


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The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is a capacity building institution in the advancement of economics and agricultural economics research and graduate training that inform economic policies in Africa. AERC’s aim is to strengthen local individual and institutional capacity to conduct independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the development of Sub-Saharan African economies through programs combining economics research with postgraduate training in economics and policy outreach.