32nd International Conference of
Agricultural Economists

Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

NASC Complex, New Delhi, India | August 2-7, 2024


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The Cowbell Newsletters will be available here during ICAE 2024.
Prior to the conference, we use this site to make occasional announcements related to ICAE 2024.

2 July 2024

Detailed ICAE 2024 Program Now Available

The almost finalized detailed Conference Program for ICAE 2024 is now available and can be accessed here: Detailed Programme

The Program will start with several very interesting Pre-Conference Workshops on 2 August 2024. The formal Opening Plenary of ICAE 2024 will be in the morning of 3 August 2024. Directly after the Opening, in another Plenary Session, Uma Lele will give her Presidential Address and Tom Hertel will present the Elmhirst Memorial Lecture.

The rest of the ICAE 2024 Program features an exciting mixture of Plenary Sessions, Invited Panels, Organized Symposia, Contributed Paper and Poster Sessions, and Social Events. Close to 1000 people have already registered for the Conference. Registration remains open.

With over 800 presenters and panelists from all over the world, ICAE 2024 will bring together a great diversity of scholars – all eager to share their work, learn from others, and actively contribute to the important debate on what our profession can and needs to do for successful agri-food systems transformations. If you have not yet registered for ICAE 2024, do so soon at: Registration

Note that an ICAE 2024 Mobile App for convenient use on your smart phone will also be available from around mid-July 2024.

26 June 2024

IAAE announces winners of best ICAE papers and posters

Every three years, IAAE selects the best contributed papers and posters submitted to its international conferences for awarding prizes in different categories. The competitive selection is made by international prize juries reviewing and comparing all eligible submissions. We are happy to announce the winners of the competition for ICAE 2024:

The T.W. Schultz Prize for the Best Contributed Paper (for authors under 40 years) goes to Phuong Dung Le (Wageningen University, Netherlands, and CIAT, Vietnam) for her paper titled “Climate Adaptation and Human Security in the Mekong Delta: Planting Date Impacts on Rice Production and Water Security” (co-authored by Bradford Mills and Francisco Alpizar).

The Uma Lele Prize for the Best Contributed Paper on Gender goes to Kajal Gulati (Purdue University, USA), Travis Lybbert (UC Davis, USA), and Koustuv Saha (Purdue University, USA) for their paper titled “Women’s Work and Agricultural Productivity Gaps in India”.

The Nils Westermarck Prize for Best Contributed Poster (for authors under 40 years) goes to Jeanne de Montalembert (Université Paris Dauphine, France) for her poster titled “The Health Cost of Conservation: Impact of Protected Areas on Child Anemia”.

IAAE congratulates the prize winners, who will all present their research at ICAE 2024 in the Closing Plenary Session on 7 August 2024 in New Delhi, India. We look forward to their exciting talks. The new IAAE Honorary Life Members will also be recognized during the Closing Plenary Session. Do not miss this Closing Plenary Session at ICAE 2024, which will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the stars and rising stars of our profession.

IAAE also thanks the members if the international prize juries for their work and contribution to the profession: Meike Wollni, Sonia Akter, and William Masters (T.W. Schultz Prize). Liesbeth Colen, Cheryl Doss, Kibrom Abay, Hema Swaminathan, and Claudia Ringler (Uma Lele Prize). Martin Parlasca, Purnima Menon, and Hope Michelson (Nils Westermarck Prize).

6 May 2024

Note from the Program Chair: Warming up for ICAE 2024

In about three months from now, IAAE’s cowbell will ring to mark the formal opening of the 32nd International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE) to be held in New Delhi, India (2-7 August 2024). We are all very excited to meet again for this conference in-person for the first time after six years. As you know, ICAE is a triennial conference, but in 2021 it had to be held virtually due to the pandemic. It is really high time for an in-person international jamboree of agricultural economists.

The conference theme “Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems” could not be more topical. Ideas on how to achieve global food and nutrition security and improve people’s wellbeing and resilience within the planetary boundaries are urgently needed. Our profession has a key role to play in terms of coming up with such ideas and helping to implement them at various scales. ICAE 2024 will be a landmark event for taking stock of what our agricultural economics profession has to offer in this regard.

We are putting together a truly exciting program with an excellent and diverse lineup of speakers, including many renowned scholars and rising stars from all parts of the world. In addition to the names and topics of the plenary sessions, invited panels, and pre-conference workshops, which can already be found on the ICAE 2024 website, we have accepted around 500 contributed papers, 360 contributed posters, and 58 Organized Symposia after a competitive peer-review process.

Thanks to the generous support of various sponsors, we can also allocate around 120 travel grants to early-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries with accepted research contributions. Note that these travel grants go to researchers from over 30 different countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, around half of them female. On top, support will be provided to many Indian scholars to participate in ICAE 2024.

ICAE 2024 will be an exciting academic event. At the same time, thanks to the hard work of the Local Organizing Committee it will be a memorable social event with plenty of opportunities for informal networking with colleagues from all parts of the world. In addition to the daily lunches and coffee/tea breaks, there will be one opening reception, one conference dinner, organized cultural tours in Delhi and surroundings, and one additional off-site dinner – all included in the conference registration fee.

Do not forget to register for the conference soon. If you do so by 15 May 2024, you can benefit from the reduced early-bird registration fee.

We look forward to seeing you all in New Delhi soon.

Matin Qaim
IAAE President-Elect
ICAE 2024 Program Chair

6 May 2024

Winner of Carl K. Eicher Award 2024

Every three years, IAAE is awarding the Carl. K. Eicher Award for the best agricultural economics dissertation on topics related to African development. The winner of the Carl K. Eicher Award 2024 is Dr. Onasis Tharcisse Adetumi Guedegbe, who was nominated for his dissertation titled “Effects of Shocks on Economic Development and Roles of Resilience Factors”. A Benin national, Tharcisse Guedegbe completed his PhD in Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University in 2022/23. A number of dissertations had been nominated for the Eicher-Award; Dr. Guedegbe’s work was selected as the best by the international jury led by Dr. Tahirou Abdoulaye. IAAE thanks the jury for their work and congratulates Dr. Tharcisse Guedegbe for winning this prestigious Award.

Dr. Tharcisse Guedegbe will receive the Carl K. Eicher Award at ICAE 2024, where he will also present a summary of his dissertation research in the closing plenary session. In the same session, also the winners of three other IAAE Prizes will be recognized and present their work, namely the T.W. Schultz Prize for the Best Contributed Paper, the Uma Lele Prize for the Best Contributed Paper on Gender, and the Nils Westermarck Prize for the Best Conference Poster. The competitive selection process for these other prizes is ongoing. The closing plenary session at ICAE 2024 will be a wonderful opportunity to experience and celebrate the top young scholars of our profession.

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