Yigezu Atnafe Yigezu

Yigezu Atnafe Yigezu
Senior Agricultural Economist

Dr. Yigezu Atnafe Yigezu is an agricultural economist with a focus on international development and policy analysis. He has research experience in various areas of agricultural development including: production economics, bio-economic modeling of production systems, natural resource and environmental economics, livestock value chain analysis, policy analysis, and technology adoption, out-scaling, and impact assessment.


He joined ICARDA in 2010 as a post doc, then progressed to scientist and senior scientist.

Currently, Dr. Yigezu’s responsibilities include conducting impact assessments for the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat and leading an initiative which aims to improve extension services in Ethiopia. Over the course of his career he has supported research projects in over 16 countries in Africa, Asia, and North America.

Dr. Yigezu has published 15 peer reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, six working papers, 13 conference presentations, and over 30 project reports. Over the last eight years, he has raised over US$3.61 million in research funding.

Dr. Yigezu holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University in the United States. His quantitative skills include mathematical programming, stochastic dynamic programming, computable general equilibrium (CGE), input-output (IO) modeling, and econometrics. Prior to his graduate studies, Yigezu worked with the government of Ethiopia for 10 years.