International Conference on African Agriculture, Rural Development and Sino-Africa Cooperation (CAARDSAC 2014)

 International Conference on African Agriculture, Rural Development and Sino-Africa Cooperation (CAARDSAC 2014)


Date: 21-28 September 2014,  Nanjing, China

Organized by: CASNJU, China Society of African Studies



First Circular and Abstract Submission

The Center of African Studies of Nanjing University (CASNJU) was established in 1964. During the past half century, CASNJU has played an important role in African studies in China. The staff members of CASNJU have engaged in many fields of Africa Studies, including the human and physical geography of Africa, African agriculture, African rural development and natural resources assessments in Africa.


The aim of the CAARDSAC 2014 is to create a platform for better communications and scholarly exchange among managers and researchers in the field of African studies especially African agriculture, rural development and the Sino-Africa cooperation. It is the intention of the conference organisers to allow sufficient discussion and exchange of ideas during the anniversary, conference sessions as well as the post conference field trips. The conference will be run in a single session (including different sub-sessions)format with sufficient time for each paper presentation and follow-up discussion.


Conference Language: English or French


Themes include but not limited to (for participants of CAARDSAC 2014):

  1. The African physical environment and agriculture
  2. Impacts of climate changes on crops
  3. Rural development of Africa at different scales with some examples or case studies.
  4. African natural resources constraints and opportunities, especially fisheries, land use and urban planning.
  5. Models of African rural development: present and the future problems.
  6. China’s role as investor in African agriculture.
  7. Sino-Africa cooperation in agriculture and rural development
  8. Urbanization and its impacts on rural development in Africa
  9. African culture related to agriculture and rural development
  10. Other aspects related to African agriculture


Keynote and Invited Speakers

(will be announced in the second circular)


Abstract submission (please read carefully)

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract, and a motivation and abbreviated CV. A pre-selection process will follow and up to 15 candidates will be asked to submit a full extended abstract. 10 of these candidates will be selected to be fully sponsored to the CAARDSAC 2014 conference (including flights, accommodation, meals and internal travel in China. The remaining 5 of those who are not selected may still attend and present their paper, with accommodation and local transport paid for, but NOT including payment of flights to and from China.

The 1-page abstract (with 1-page motivation and 2-page CV) should be written in English and must be sent to the African conference organiser, Peter Johnston and General conference organiser Zhenke Zhang, by 12h00 CAT Friday June13. Abstracts must be original works of the author(s), and keeping in mind that extended abstracts must not be currently under review in the same form by another outlet and not submitted elsewhere prior to the notification date. The abstract will be reviewed by no less than two panel members.

More details of the extended abstract will be sent to successful applicants. The authors of accepted extended abstracts will be invited to present in the conference and included in the conference proceedings.

Note:African country applicants.

Please send your abstracts to BOTH Dr Peter Johnston (email: ) and Dr Zhenke Zhang (



After the conference, a number of authors will be invited to submission a full article for a special issue of an international journal.


Key Dates

  • Submitting abstracts, motivations and CV                                              13th June 2014
  • Notification of successful applicants and invitation to submit EA            20th June 2014
  • Submission of extended abstract (by invitation)                                     1st July 2014
  • Abstracts Review and Notification of acceptance                                   15th July 2014
  • Conference date: 21-28th September 2014 (including the registration day and the time of post-conference field trip as well as the activities of 16th Jiangsu International Agriexpo)


Provisional Programme of the 50th Anniversary and CAARDSAC 2014

September 21, 2014:          Registration

September 22, 2014 (Morning): 50th Anniversary of CASNJU

September 22, 2014 (Afternoon) Sessions of CAARDSAC 2014

September 23, 2014:          Sessions of CAARDSAC 2014

September 24, 2014:          Field trip by bus ( agriculture, rural development in the suburbs of Nanjing City)

September 25-28, 2014        Agriexpo 2014 in Yancheng City, Field trip of Agriculture, rural development in the Yangtze River delta including the Wuxi, Suzhou.

Back to Shanghai, Pudong International Airport.

Close of CAARDSAC 2014

Conference secretariat:

Prof / Dr. ZHANG Zhenke

Conference secretary

Center of Africa Studies, Nanjing University

No.163 Xianlin Road, Nanjing, 210023, P.R. China

Email: or


Dr. LIU Litao

Conference secretary

Center of Africa Studies, Nanjing University

No.163 Xianlin Road, Nanjing, 210023, P.R. China

Email: or



No charge of registration fee for all selected participants. The organizer will also provide funds covering all flights, accommodation and related fees in China for the 10 selected African participants. A further 5 participants will have local accommodation and travel within China covered.


Co-Chairs of Organising Committee:

Prof. LIU Chengfu      Nanjing University, China

Prof. François Bart     Université Bordeaux

Dr .Peter Johnston    University of Cape Town


Co-Chairs of Scientific Committee:

Prof. Bernard Charley     University of Toulouse,France

Prof. HUANG Xianjin      Nanjing University, China

Prof. ZHENG Feng        Nanjing University, China

Dr. Patrick Mbataru Nyambari  Kenyatta University



About Nanjing City

Located on the south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is one of the most delightful of Chinese cities. About 1 hour express railway away from Shanghai, Nanjing is known as the capital city of six dynasties in China’s history, with a brilliant cultural heritage. Like most major cities in China, modern Nanjing has experienced rapid development, with great dramatic changes over the last two decades. Modern highways, railways and international airport connect the city with most major cities throughout the country and world, and it becomes a sparkling metropolis akin to Shanghai and Beijing with skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fashion shopping malls, supermarkets and colorful nightlife throughout the city. Transport in the city is very convenient with the new metro service in addition to taxis, public buses, tourist special lines and other means of transport. Modern amenities in luxury hotels will make your trip comfortable and dazzling shopping malls and department stores will present you a rich and unforgettable shopping experience. Nanjing is also the home to numerous colleges and universities and a large foreign population. The city is become an international metropolis with new faces every day.


Photos of Nanjing City