Bezaiet Dessalegn

Bezaiet Dessalegn
Social Sciences Specialist

Bezaiet Dessalegn is a social scientist with ICARDA’s Integrated Water and Land Management Research Program. She has over 15 years of experience in development with a focus on food security, agriculture and rural development, and mainstreaming gender in research.

Dessalegn currently manages the USAID-funded Water and Livelihoods Initiative, which operates in seven Middle Eastern countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank, Tunisia, and Yemen. She also serves as a gender focal point.

She holds a master’s degree in international development and social change from Clark University in Massachusetts, and a second master’s in international relations from Purdue University in Indiana.

Bezaiet Dessalegn's Publications

A Holistic Framework towards Developing a Climate-Smart Agri-Food System in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Dialogue and Synthesis
Assessing Institutional Barriers to Effective Dissemination Strategies of Proven Water Management Practices to Face Climate Change Threats in the Citrus Growing Area in Tunisia
Technology tracking: Understanding decisions to adopt, not to adopt, and dis-adopt household greywater filtration systems
Returns to agricultural mechanization in Egypt: Lessons learned from innovation driven research
Factors Affecting the Adoption of Water Harvesting Technologies: A Case Study of Jordanian Arid Area