Melkam Anteneh Alemu
Ethiopia 2019
A researcher with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research’s breeding program, Melkam Anteneh Alemu is focusing on crops and food security and the impact on smallholder farmers. She is interested in the close relationships between supplying and scaling up good quality seed and food security. Alemu, who says that she is living her best life because she is doing the things she likes, would not be doing anything else for her career other than science. “I always wanted to be a scientist,” she says, you see, I had high expectations for myself from a very young age, and this was mostly because of the encouragement from my parents to do well in school to evade poverty.
I know that through what I do I can be part of the solution to farmers’ challenges and the food security problem. I am helping farmers to improve their crop yields, use less land, reduce their financial burden through using fewer inputs, and lessen their seed cleaning burden.
Field of Research
Food security and ecosystem health.

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