Saturday, December 10, 2011

Training on experimental auctions held in Kampala

A training course on experimental auctions, financed by CIDA, was organized by AfricaRice and the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Cereals Program of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) in Kampala, Uganda from 4 to 9 December. One facilitator and eight trainees from eight organizations were trained. The trainees came from organizations in Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda. The training was unique in that it combined theoretical lectures with practical sessions — a series of real experimental auctions was conducted, which participants organized. The auctions aimed at eliciting urban Ugandan consumers’ willingness-to-pay (WTP) for alternative NERICA rice varieties and the determinants of WTP. This was the first training of its kind on experimental auctions in Africa and was a big success.