The Carter Conference


The 2020 Carter Conference on

Shifting Momentum in African Agriculture through Research and Technologies:

SMART Agriculture | SMART Growth | SMART Kids

Improving resiliency, livelihoods, and nutrition


Hosted by the Center for African Studies & Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

at the University of Florida April 15 to 17, 2020

For over 25 years the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida has organized annual lectures or a conference in honor of the late distinguished Africanist scholar, Gwendolen M. Carter. Gwendolen Carter devoted her career to scholarship and advocacy concerning the politics of inequality and injustice, especially in southern Africa. She also worked hard to foster the development of African Studies as an academic enterprise. She was perhaps best known for her pioneering study The Politics of Inequality: South Africa Since 1948 and the co-edited four-volume History of African Politics in South Africa, From Protest to Challenge (1972-1977).

In the spirit of her career, the annual Carter lectures offer the university community and the greater public the perspectives of Africanist scholars on issues of pressing importance to the peoples and societies of Africa. Since 2004, the Center has (with the generous support of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) appointed a Carter Faculty Fellow to serve as convener of the conference.

 Click the following link to view the 2020 Carter Conference Program.

Whole some milk is a vital source of nutrients for children. (Credit: S. Malyon, CIAT)



Isaac Sesi | Co-founder and Team Lead of Sesi Technologies

Isaac has been named one of MIT’s Technology Review’s “35 Innovators under 35”

Ayoola Oduntan | CEO and Group Managing Director, natnudO Group, Nigeria. 

The story of Ayoola Oduntan company’s strategic path to success has been studied by the Harvard Business School.

For more information, please contact


Andrea Bohn

Project Manager


+1 352-294-1064

Please check the links below for more information about previous conferences.

2019  ENERGY | AFRICA: from Technopolitics to Technofutures

2018  Text Meets Image, Image Meets Text: Sequences and Assemblages Out of Africa and Congo

2017  On the Edge: What Future for the African Sahel?

2016  Tropics of Discipline: Crime and Punishment in Africa

2015  Schools of Architecture & Africa: Connecting Disciplines in Design and Development

2014  Kongo Atlantic Dialogues

2013  The Politics of Permanent Flux: State-Society Relations in the Horn of Africa 

2012  Health, Society & Development In Africa

2011  African Independence: Cultures of Memory, Celebrations & Contestations 

2010  Bridging Conservation and Development in Latin America and Africa: Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies 

2009  African Creative Expressions: Mother Tongue & Other Tongues

2008  Migrations In and Out of Africa: Old Patterns and New Perspectives 

2007  African Visual Cultures: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Regions

2006  Law, Politics, and Society in South Africa: The Politics of Inequality Then and Now

2005  States of Violence: The Conduct of War in Africa

2004  Movement (R)evolution: Contemporary African Dance

2003  Dynamics of Islam in Contemporary Africa

2002  Zimbabwe in Transition: Resolving Land and Constitutional Crisis

2001  Governance and Higher Education in Africa

2000  Renegotiating Nation and Political Community in Africa at the Dawn of the New Millennium

1999  Aquatic Conservation and Management in Africa

1998  Africa on Film and Video

1997  Communication and Democratization in Africa

1995  African Entrepreneurship

1994  Transition in South Africa

1993  Africa’s Disappearing Past: The Erasure of Cultural Patrimony

1992  Sustainability in Africa: Integrating Concepts

1991  Involuntary Migration and Resettlement in Africa

1990  Health Issues in Africa

1989  Structural Adjustment and Transformation: Impacts on African Women Farmers

1988  Human Rights in Africa

1987  The Exploding Crisis in Southern Africa 

1986  The African Food Crisis: Prospects for a Solution

1984-85  SADCC’s Bid for Independence from South Africa: Will it Succeed?