Zewdie Bishaw
Research Team Leader - Seed systems, International Nurseries and seed Health

Dr. Zewdie Bishaw is a Seed Systems Specialist and agronomist with over 35 years of experience research for development in developing countries. He serves as Head of ICARDA’s Seed Unit, focusing on integrated and sustainable seed system development. He conducts research on seed system along the value chain in identifying systemic bottlenecks and suggest possible options for improvement which is context specific. Moreover, he and his team conducts adapted research in seed science to address technical constraints in seed production technology and explore alternative seed delivery systems for smallholder farmers and less commercial crops. Prior to joining ICARDA, he worked as Head of the Seed Processing Department and Seed Quality Control Department at the Ethiopian Seed Corporation.

Dr. Bishaw’s expertise includes a broad knowledge of policy and regulatory, governance and institutional and technical issues to support the sustainable development of national seed sectors in developing countries with in-depth theoretical and practical expertise on a range of issues - from variety development to marketing to adoption and impact. He has authored more than 138 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 Production Ecology and Sustainable Conservation (with specialization in Seed Technology) from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands.

Zewdie Bishaw's Publications

Institutional and farm-level challenges limiting the diffusion of new varieties from public and CGIAR centers: The case of wheat in Morocco
Are continued public sector and CGIAR investments on wheat crop improvement research justifiable? A Moroccan case
Yield and Cost Effects of Plot-Level Wheat Seed Rates and Seed Recycling Practices in the East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia: Application of the Dose–Response Model
Legume-based rotations have clear economic advantages over cereal monocropping in dry areas
GIS-Based multi-criteria land suitability mapping for scaling faba bean varieties in Ethiopia
Yield gaps, adoption and seed commercial behaviour: Implications for chickpea seed system in Ethiopia
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
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
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...

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.)
Farmer'S Seed Sources And Seed Quality: 2. Seed Health
Journal Article
August 21, 2013

The study assessed the health quality of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) seed samples collected from formal and informal sector in Ethiopia and Syria. In Ethiopia, several seed-borne fungi were found on wheat samples...

The potential of small-scale rainfed agriculture to strengthen food security in Arab countries
Linking participatory plant breeding to the seed supply system