Institute of

Market Analysis


Susanne Kendell
Institute of Market Analysis


Bundesallee 63
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 5302
Fax: +49 531 596 5399

AGMEMOD goes Africa: Modelling African agricultural markets


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General Information

Date: Registration deadline: Feb 29, 2016
Summer School: August 8-12, 2016
Location: Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Offered   by: Thünen Institute of Market Analysis

Course Content


This Summer School hosted by the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis is a core activity of the Food Security research program from the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, German Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries.

Aims of the Summer School

Improving knowledge of participants about agricultural economics and quantitative modelling of agriculture. Learn the methodology to develope agricultural market models for African and other developing countries using the AGMEMOD structure. AGMEMOD is a scientific tool applied to evaluate agricultural market developments caused by agricultural policies, farming decisions and the environment. Learning how to work with AGMEMOD to develop a new country model, as well as the use of the model and its required software.


The Summer School will start on Monday 8th at 9:00 o’clock with an introduction into AGMEMOD, focusing on the economic structure. From Tuesday 9th to Wednesday 10th August 2016, the sessions will concentrate on presenting a previously developed model for Rwanda as an academic example. From Thursday 11th to Friday 12th August the participants of the summer school will develop together with the instructors a synthetic model for two selected countries. Agricultural market structure and model results for the two countries will be evaluated in detail by exploring diverse scientific questions on the likely developments of agricultural markets.

Participants will work in small groups (4 – 6 people) supervised by a trainer.

General Course Outline: Times are subject to change.
Monday, August 8
9:00-10:00am Class                   
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30am-12:30pm Class
12:30-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-2:15pm Class
2:15-2:45pm Break
2:45-5:00pm Class
Tuesday, August 9
9:00-10:30am Class                   
10:30-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Class
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-4:30pm Class
Wednesday, August 10
9:00-10:00am Class                   
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30am-12:30pm Class
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-4:00pm Class
4:00-4:30pm Break
4:30-7:00pm Mid-week event
Thursday, August 11
9:00-10:30am Class                   
10:30-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Class
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-4:30pm Class
4:30-17:30pm Questions
Friday, August 12
8:00-10:00am Class                   
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30am-1:00pm Class
1:00-2:15pm Lunch (official end of course)


Individuals interested in attending this summer school must send an email to registration@ .


To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Master or PhD program on Agricultural economics or related area in a European or African University.
  • Strong background in Agricultural Economics or related fields
  • Interest in African agricultural markets
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Students applying from Africa will receive after acceptation an invitation letter

There is a limited space in the summer school. Among the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, the organization team will select those with more outstanding professional and/or academic careers. Experience in the handling of agricultural data and market modelling will be valued.

Participation fee

The Thünen Institute of Market Analysis does not charge tuition for the summer school from students enrolled at a University. Students are expected to pay their own travel to and from Braunschweig, as well as living expenses and accommodation while in Braunschweig. We will provide document support for those students requiring visa for Germany to attend the course. Demand for this course, is very high; therefore, we encourage early application.

Invitation Letters

Registered and accepted participants requiring an invitation letter to include in visa and/or financial assistance applications may contact the Summer school coordinator (aida.gonzalez@ Before you get in touch with us, you must have already been accepted into the summer school.

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