Zewdie Bishaw

Zewdie Bishaw
Head - Seed Systems and International Nurseries

Dr. Zewdie Bishaw is a seed technologist and agronomist with over 35 years of experience in developing countries. He serves as Head of ICARDA’s Seed Unit, where his research focuses on seed system analysis along the value chain. His team conducts applied research on seed science to address constraints and explore alternative seed delivery systems for resource poor farmers in less favorable and remote areas. Prior to joining ICARDA, he worked as head of the Seed Processing Department at the Ethiopian Seed Corporation.

Dr. Bishaw’s expertise includes a broad knowledge of issues to support the sustainable development of national seed sectors in developing countries, and theoretical and practical expertise on a range of issues - from variety development to distribution. He has authored more than 111 scientific and technical publications. He completed his M.Sc. in seed technology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in seed technology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Zewdie Bishaw's Publications

Wheat production and breeding in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and opportunities in the face of climate change
Political Economy of the Wheat Sector in Morocco: Seed Systems, Varietal Adoption, and Impacts
Breeding Progress for Grain Yield and Yield Related Characters of Kabuli Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in Ethiopia Using Regression Analysis
Genotype by environment interaction on yield stability of desi type chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) at major chickpea producing areas of Ethiopia
Farmers' perceptions on improved bread wheat varieties and formal seed supply in Ethiopia
Rapid Deployment of Rust-resistant Wheat Varieties: ICARDA’s Experience and Lessons Learned
Fast-track Variety Testing and Release of Rust-resistant Wheat Varieties
Policy and Development Implications and Way Forward
Book Chapter
November 01, 2016

Wheat rusts remain a challenge for wheat production at national, regional and global levels. Empirical evidence shows the emergence of new races and their quick spread across countries and continents with devastating consequences.In response to Ug99...

Promoting Rust-resistant Wheat Varieties and Technologies through Partnership
Accelerated Seed Multiplication for Deployment of Rust-resistant Wheat Varieties
Containing the Menace of Wheat Rusts: Institutionalized Interventions and Impacts
Adoption and Impact of Rust-resistant Wheat Varieties on Productivity and Household Food Security in Ethiopia
Enhancing Agricultural Sector Development in Ethiopia: the Role of Research and Seed Sector
Early Generation Seed Production and Supply in Ethiopia: Status, Challenges and Opportunities
Commercial behaviours of smallholder farmers in wheat seed use and its implication for demand assessment in Ethiopia
Measuring the effectiveness of extension innovations for out-scaling agricultural technologies
Wheat and barley seed system in Syria: How diverse are wheat and barley varieties and landraces from farmer’s fields?
Assessment of on-farm diversity of wheat varieties and landraces: Evidence from farmer’s fields in Ethiopia
Effects of Temperature, Relative Humidity and Moisture Content on Seed Longevity of Shrubby Russian Thistle (Salsola vermiculata L.)
The potential of small-scale rainfed agriculture to strengthen food security in Arab countries