Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver

The Australian Government is convening the Mining and Agriculture Symposium: From Resource Curse to Development Driver to take place in Kampala, Uganda from 8 to 10 October 2014. The Symposium will address the question: How can we maximise the development benefits of mining and agriculture in Africa?

Agriculture and mining are both critical to the growth of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The Australian Government’s aid program has funded activities to share Australia’s experiences in mining and agriculture with African nations and support African government’s efforts to harness these sectors for development. Australia Awards – Africa, Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF), Australia Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) and the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) have all included activities to build relevant skills, establish sound governance and promote productive linkages between the industries.

This Symposium will build on what has been achieved so far and will discuss ways to maximise the development benefits of mining and agriculture in Africa. Some 100 Alumni from Australia Awards, AAPF and IM4DC programs will convene in this event and join discussions with a broad range of other experts in the mining and agriculture fields from across Africa and Australia.

The aims of the Symposium are to:

  • Capture the emerging lessons and findings from the experiences of Alumni and other participants on how Australia can best deliver support through sharing its experience in the mining and agriculture sectors
  • Identify common interests to engage in further research or education amongst Alumni and other participants
  • Facilitate the design of potential new research and education collaborations for participants to pursue through the networks formed at the Symposium.

Applications for this program are now closed. No further applications can be accepted.