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The South African Agricultural Economic Professionals Fellowship is administered by the National Agricultural Marketing Council and the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa. It provides support and networking opportunities for South Africa’s young agricultural professionals working in the areas of land reform, agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing. The program links participants from South African agricultural professionals with experts in their field at American based land-grant universities, government agencies, and international research centers.

Eligibility Criteria

Program participation is open to the staff of South African agribusinesses, government departments, universities, and other agricultural organizations. Applicants may be managers, technicians, scientists, professors, administrators, or policy makers. All participants must be in good health. Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizens of South Africa.
  2. Good working knowledge of the English language.
  3. Minimum master's degree or working toward master's degree.
  4. No older than 35 years at the time of application.
  5. Demonstrated intention to continue working in South Africa’s agricultural sector.
  6. Members of AEASA (you can join ASAEA at submission of application, but this in no way guarantee that you will be selected to participate in the program).
Training Focus

The program offers short-term networking opportunities, most ranging from two to four weeks, depending on the objectives of the program. Participants meet with professionals in their fields, participate in field observations and industry visits and attend seminars.

Priority Research Areas

Areas of work and research should be related to agricultural economics and agribusiness, including food security. Other areas such as policy research, food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary topics and global climate change and can also be included.

Institutions visited

The program will include visit to well-known American institutions including Cornell University, USDA or other U.S. government agency research facilities, The Work Bank, Tuskegee University, not-for-profit institutions and international research centers.

Evaluation and Follow-up

Program participants are expected to submit a written evaluation/report to their program officer (s) upon completion of their training. After the program is completed, program officer(s) and program participants correspond with one another to ensure the objectives of the fellowship were met. This type of relationship is strongly encouraged to extend the training and networking benefits to all involved.

Application Forms (They will press the link and shall access the form)