Overcoming persistent poverty in Africa: How business can and does help

Chris Barrett
Date Friday 4 May 2018
Time 1pm
Where MSB.1.05, level one, Waikato Management School
Presenter Professor Chris Barrett (Cornell University, New York)
Admission Cost Free

How can business help improve the lives of the poorest people living in rural Africa?

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to a talk on Friday, 4 May that will discuss the structural transformation currently underway in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the central role of private sector investment and innovation.

The talk will be given by Professor Chris Barrett, an agricultural and development economist at Cornell University in New York, where he serves as deputy dean in the SC Johnson College of Business.

He says a range of business innovations are now having significant effects on the lives of the rural poor across sub-Saharan Africa.

This talk will be held in room MSB.1.05, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, from 1pm – 2pm. No RSVP is required, just come along on the day.

Visitor parking ($2 fee applies) is available via the Gate 10 carpark, off Silverdale Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton.

Professor Barrett has more than 300 publications and his research has been cited more than 30,000 times. He has won more than $30 million in extramural research grants from various corporate, foundation, government agency and nongovernmental organization sponsors.

He has supervised more than 100 graduate students and post-docs, many of whom are now faculty and staff at leading universities and research institutes worldwide.

He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and currently edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists.