ICT for Agricultural Extension

11th April 2019 – ILRI – ETHIOPIA


Dejene K Mengistu
PhD in Agrobiodiversity, Crop genetic resource
Scientist, Crop Genetic Resources and Participatory Crop Improvement
Biodiversity International

Dejene K. Mengistu, an Ethiopian national, worked at various capacity in higher education (Mekelle University) and research in Ethiopia since 2003 where he engaged in teaching and research. His teaching experience in the fields of plant genetics, plant physiology, plant breeding, stress physiology, biometry and research methodology gave him a chance to better understand plant interaction with the environment and design problem oriented research projects. In 2011 he started partnering with Bioversity international and managed projects in the area of seed for needs and land and ecosystem restoration. He built two community gene banks to promote conservation of local crop varieties by custodian community. He believes that farmers’ participation in crop improvements programs could increase the efficiency and impact of the research and ensures easy dissemination of generated technologies. During his research career so far, he manged to nationally release wheat varieties through participatory varietal selection from farmers varieties. He has joined Bioversity international as consultant for implementation of crowdsourcing project in September 2017 and as international research staff (IRS) on 1st April, 2019.

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