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Johnston to give inaugural Brand address
STANFORD -- Bruce F. Johnston, professor emeritus at Stanford University's Food Research Institute, has been invited to deliver the first Simon Brand Memorial Address at the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa's annual conference.
The conference is scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Mount Aux Source Hotel, Drakensberg Natal Mountains.
Johnston's address, "Agriculture and Structural Change: Are There Historical Lessons for South Africa?" compares agricultural strategies in the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico.
Brand, an eminent South African economist and chief executive and chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, died in Pretoria on Jan. 23, 1992. He earned a master's degree at Stanford's Food Research Institute in 1962 and a doctorate in agricultural science at the University of Pretoria in 1969.
A longtime opponent of apartheid, Brand worked within the system to change it, commanding respect across the political spectrum. He was economic adviser to three government administrations and also worked with the African National Congress. While in remission from the cancer he battled for two years, Brand represented South Africa at the annual meeting of the World Bank in Thailand.
Brand visited Stanford last fall with his wife, Carolina, presenting a seminar sponsored by the Food Research Institute and the African Studies Association.
Johnston has been with the Food Research Institute since 1954. He has been author or co-author of books including Agricultural Change in Tropical Africa and Redesigning Rural Development. He was selected as a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1985.
He will travel to Beijing and Taiwan this summer en route to South Africa.
A fellowship awarded by the Pacific Basin Research Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, is funding research by Johnston and Albert Clark, a doctoral candidate in food research, on lessons to be derived from Taiwan's success in promoting agricultural and rural development.
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