Wheat, cultivated on a total area of 2.1 million hectares annually with a
total production of 6.7 million tons, is one of the most important food
security crops in Ethiopia. However, there is a huge gap between wheat
production and supply due to the...
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.