University of Nairobi
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS
Unlike many other programs offered in institutions of higher learning in the region, the collaborative Masters program has its distinctive features that make it world-class training programme. The programme design was informed by through visits to best?practice institutions to understand how best agricultural economics as a training discipline is offered. The programme has also been validated through stakeholder consultations to ensure that it offers what is best for market. The program intends to have a broadened intake profile where applicants will be drawn from diverse disciplines rather than restricting intake to those with agricultural background. Through this, it will create the required capacity for the diverse groups of professionals directly and indirectly involved in agricultural development. The broad intake targets those with background in agriculture, engineering, humanities and science. Unlike in the mainstream agricultural economics programmes where exposure to institutional setting is rare, students will have an exposure to Behavioural and Institutional Economics as a way of re-thinking the institutional settings, the way they operate in the region, their strengths and challenges in agricultural development. The programme is demand driven and this has been reflected in design stage, operation, and financing. The clients demand side has been involved in the planning phase to ensure that the program will tackle the existing problems facing the public and private sectors in agricultural development. Moreover, the program intends to involve stakeholders even as the programme comes into operation to ensure that it retains its relevance and quality. The programme will stress staff development through doctoral training and/or retooling, and learning to strengthen capacity in the participating departments. Many departments in the region have few qualified staff or are lacking. The programme intends to alleviate this deficiency through provision of scholarships in areas of relevance to the programme. Programme Objectives The Collaborative MSc Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics aims to equip professionals with knowledge and kills essential for transforming the currently under developed agro-food sectors and rural economies of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa to perform well in an environmentally sustainable fashion. Its underlying premise is that such highly trained local professionals must address the challenges posed by far reaching changes in global and local economies, technology, and marketing by adapting their advanced knowledge and methods to the particular institutional, political and economic circumstances of the region. Sixteen heads of departments of agricultural economics in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, which formed the Agricultural Economics Education Board (AEEB), spearheaded the program. The program will offer students the opportunity to undertake specialized study in one of the following fields: i) Agriculture and Rural Development ii) Agricultural Policy and Trade iii) Agribusiness Management iv) Environment and Natural Resource Management These fields were identified at the stakeholders meeting as meriting priority attention in the region.