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November 2017, Issue 23

President's Column

November 2017

This month’s column looks back at applied economists honored at the World Food Prize and forward to AAEA meetings ahead.

World Food Prize.  It is truly humbling to see how members of our profession can creatively apply the economics of constraint alleviation, incentive design, and technology development to make the world a better place. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, received the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) in October. With the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, Adesina found ways to partner with banks to extend credit to smallholder farmers. Later, as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, he created the E-Wallet program that made personalized fertilizer vouchers available via cellphone, expanding smallholder access while circumventing corrupt middlemen. Last year, agricultural economist Jan Low co-won the 2016 World Food Prize for her survey research to inform plant breeding and diffusion of the biofortified, orange-fleshed sweet potato and later to measure its economic impact. Previous applied economists to win the WFP are Per Pinstrup-Andersen (2001) and Muhammad Yunus (1994).

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February 8, 2018 Deadlines

Members in the News Highlight
Uma Lele, Independent Scholar

TAAS to deliberate on scaling out innovations for smallholder farmers

By: Business Standard and Rural Marketing
October 28, 2017

Trust for Advancement of Agriculture Sciences (TAAS), a non-profit organisation, awarded the 9th Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award to Uma Lele, agriculture economist and former senior adviser to the World Bank.

Read the entire article on Business Standard and Rural Marketing. Read other Members in the News Stories

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Emery Castle

Emery Neal Castle, distinguished agricultural and resource economist, died October 31, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Born in Greenwood County, Kansas, April 13, 1923, to Sidney and Josie (Tucker) Castle. He attended one-room county schools through the eighth grade and graduated from Oxford Rural High School in Kansas in 1941. He managed a general store for one year before enrolling at Kansas State University in 1942. 

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Other News

Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Request for Proposals for Promotion Program Review

Proposal Due Date: November 30, 2017
The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the administrative arm of the Federal Marketing Order for tart cherries, is composed of tart cherry growers and handlers in the United States, and requests proposals for a review of its promotional spending.
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30th International Conference of Agricultural Economists
Call for submissions

Deadline: January 15, 2018
The ICAE 2018 (International Conference of Agricultural Economists) takes place on July 28 – August 2, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The program is being organized by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). The conference website is now open for submission of Contributed Papers (oral and visual), Organized Sessions, the Eicher award, and more. Please go to and get regular email updates.
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AARES 2018 Annual Conference
February 6-9, 2018

The 2018 Annual AARES Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace in Adelaide, South Australia.
The venue is close to public transport and there are numerous hotels within a 2-3 minute walk. The airport is approximately 20 minutes by car. Registrations are open. For information on the rates, workshops available, social functions and to register, head to the Registrations page.
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Call for Chapter Proposals
“Selflessness in Business”

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Selflessness in Business. The volume will be edited by Dr. Dominika Ochnik, Katowice School of Economics, Poland.

We invite submissions that explore the selflessness in relations with business and psychology of work. Possible contributions may include the following topics (non-comprehensive list, open to suggestions):

  1. Selected aspects of business selfless actions at individual, organizational and social level
  2. The role of selflessness in open collaboration 
  3. Business Ethics: possibilities and limitations
  4. Volunteering as a manifestation of selflessness

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Great Falls Montana Development Authority Chosen as a Montana Food & Ag Development Center 

Designation by the Montana Department of Agriculture will boost economic development efforts in food and agricultural processing as well as renewable energy
Great Falls, MT - October 31, 2017 - The Great Falls Montana Development Authority (GFDA) announced today it has been selected by the Montana Department of Agriculture as one of the state's four Food & Ag Development Centers. This announcement comes on the heels of Great Falls businesses including Montana Specialty Mills and Montana Eggs expanding dairy and agriculture operations in the area.
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The University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Sydney (Australia)
“Food & Health” Winter School

Padova, Italy
January 29 - February 10, 2018
Lectures will be provided by professors from the University of Padova and the University of Sydney, as well as by FAO and Italian Anti-Adulteration and Health Unit experts. Applications need to be sent to Mara Thiene ( by November 22, 2017. Students will be awarded 6 credit points for participating.
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IMMANA Fellowships
Call for Applications

The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce the fourth and last round of Post-doctoral Fellowships for emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research, funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID) through their program on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA). For 2018-19, IMMANA will award five 12-month Post-doctoral Fellowships to early career researchers who are using and developing or adapting these new methodological approaches with Mentors in ongoing research programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry, including:

  • Mauritius: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Australia: Fulbright Senior Scholar in Resources and Energy (Curtin University)
  • Canada: Research Chairs in Environment
  • United Arab Emirates: All Disciplines (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards (All Disciplines)
  • Georgia: Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Colombia: Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Call for Papers

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research addresses a broad range of natural resource fields including water, minerals, energy, fisheries and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than stand-alone specialty areas. It also publishes papers on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters and biodiversity loss, among others.
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Journal of Consumer Affairs & Financial Literacy and Education Commission
Call for Papers

The Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission announce a
Special Issue and Symposium on: “Effective Financial Capability Interventions for Economically Vulnerable Individuals and Families”
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