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Bekele Geleta Abeyo

Senior Scientist, Wheat Breeder and Pathologist for sub-Saharan Africa & Country Representative for Ethiopia

Bekele Geleta Abeyo works on germplasm development, variety release, early generation seed multiplication, demonstration and popularization of new wheat varieties with recommended packages to realize better yield gains on farmers’ fields with NARS partners for nine sub-Saharan African countries.

He facilitates germplasm exchange among NARs within and across countries, NARS capacity building through training and mentoring of young professionals, material support by developing competitive and compelling projects pertinent to the country, data and experience sharing, and joint publication of new research findings.

He also organizes national, regional and international conferences and workshops, creating networks among NARs in the region, representing CIMMYT and the Global Wheat Program (GWP) in various forums. He liaises with government officials, institutions, and offices at various levels for collaboration effective partnerships.