Current land use trends show an increasing preference for monocropping – mostly a consequence of policies and incentives aimed at enhancing the intensification of cereals. This shift has caused some to question whether legume–cereal rotations can...
Yigezu Atnafe Yigezu
Dr. Yigezu Atnafe Yigezu is an agricultural economist with a focus on international development. He has research interest and experience in various areas of agricultural development, including production economics, bio-economic modeling of production systems, natural resource and environmental economics, crop, and livestock value chain analysis, policy analysis, and technology adoption, out-scaling, and impact assessment.
Yigezu joined ICARDA in 2010 as a post-doctoral scientist and was subsequently promoted to become a scientist and finally a senior scientist. His current research portfolios include adoption and impact assessments for the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat (CRP-Wheat) in six countries, estimation of food loss and wastage in each node across the entire wheat value chain in three countries, field experiment using RCT on alternative extension and input service delivery systems, economics of conservation agriculture, estimation of the cost of land degradation, and bio-economic modelling for optimization and sustainable development of mixed crop-livestock production systems. Throughout his career, he has supported research projects in over 16 countries in Africa, Asia, and North America.
Yigezu has published 23 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, six working papers in numbered series, 25 conference proceedings, and over 30 project reports. Yigezu has also co-edited a book and has many manuscripts currently under review with ISI journals and in the pipeline. In the last eight years alone, he has raised over US$3.61 million in research funding.
Yigezu holds a Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University in the United States where he also got his master’s degree. His quantitative skills include mathematical programming, stochastic dynamic programming, computable general equilibrium (CGE), and econometrics. Before his graduate studies, Yigezu worked for 14 years – 10 years with the government of Ethiopia, two years with a children welfare organization, and two years with a research organization.