The Role of Agriculture in Economic Transformation

27 February 2019
Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 19, University of Leeds
South Africa
Climate change

The Food, Agriculture Policy Analysis Network and Leeds University  are pleased to invite you to a GCRF-AFRICAP knowledge-sharing seminar / webinar :
The Role of Agriculture in Economic Transformation
Date: 27 February 2019 | Time: 1:00PM GMT | Duration: 90 MIN
For in person participation: Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 19, University of Leeds
For Online participation Register Here
Description of the webinar
The role of agriculture in economic development, and how the state should promote it, has been controversial at least since the start of the industrial revolution in the eighteenth century. Andrew Coulson will review the issues, and some of the issues they raise for teaching, in the light of two recent books: David Mellor’s Agricultural Development and Economic Transformation: Promoting Growth with Poverty Reduction (2017) and Coulson, Ellman and Mbiho Increasing Production from the Land: A Sourcebook on Agriculture for Teachers and Students in East Africa, 2018).

Chaired by Dr Anna Mdee, Associate Professor in International Development, University of Leeds.

Dr Andrew Coulson an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
Andrew is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and author of Tanzania: A Political Economy (1982, new edition 2013). He was an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania in the 1960s, and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam in the 1970s, where he taught many of the country’s future leaders, including President Kikwete. Between 2016 and 2018 he was Chair of the Britain Tanzania Society.

Overview of the GCRF-AFRICAP Programme
GCRF-AFRICAP is a major programme to make agriculture and food production in sub-Saharan Africa more productive, sustainable and resilient to climate change. Working with local organisations and governments in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, we are creating an evidence base to underpin new country-specific policies in agriculture and food production.
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