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Agrodep workshop(if)


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AGRODEP Training on: Building and Updating a Social Accounting Matrix

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Agrodep workshop(if)

  1. 1. AGRODEP Training on:Building and Updating a Social Accounting Matrix  The African Growth & Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium held its first training course on March 13-15, 2012 at the IFPRI WCAO in Dakar, Senegal.  The AGRODEP Modeling Consortium is an initiative lead by IPFRI and aiming at positioning African experts to take a leading role in the study of strategic development questions and the broader agricultural growth and policy debate facing African countries.  Twelve AGRODEP members from nine African countries attended the training course on "Building and Updating Social Accounting Matrices” (SAM).  Participants were introduced to the national accounts tables before reconciling them into a single framework: the SAM. The latter is the consistent quantitative macroeconomic data framework representing the flows between different sectors and institutional units within an economy during a given period of time, in general, one year. Then, participants used a GAMS-based program to reconcile information into the SAM framework. They also learnt how to transform a SAM into an input-output table used by global CGE models.  The course was conducted by Ismael Fofana, a Post- Doctoral Fellow at IFPRI and Network Coordinator of AGRODEP.