Worku Tessema - Senior Policy Officer Food Security & Sustainable Development

Worku Tessema Engeda is a senior policy officer responsible for four innovative bilateral projects operating under the food security priority area funded through the embassy. Two of the projects which are aligned to the Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) aim to contribute to increased agricultural productivity through: (1) strengthening the capacity for evidence-based up-scaling of best-fit practices (CASCAPE); and (2) increasing the capacity for the design and management of small-scale and micro-irrigation works (SMIS). The third project works on Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD): aiming at strengthening the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market oriented seed sector in the country, where quality seed of improved and farmer preferred varieties is available and affordable for a larger number of farmers. The fourth project, Sesame Business Network (SBN), aims to increase competitiveness in Sesame agribusiness.

Worku Tessema has joined the embassy in June 2013 and has also been responsible for the AGP. He has vast working experiences, as regional planner, extension coordinator, trainer, lecturer and assistant professor prior to joining the embassy. He holds BSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics from Addis Ababa University, Alemaya College of Agriculture, MSc. Degree in Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems from Wageningen Agricultural University (the current WU&R Centre), Post Graduate Certificate in Agricultural and Resource Economics from California University at Davis, and PhD degree in Economics (specialising in development economics) from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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