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Negussie Efa Gurmessa Scientist and Country Programmes Manager

T: +251 911882355


CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya


BSc in Tropical Agriculture and Rural extension; MSc in Agri/Rural Development; PhD In Development Studies

I have over 20 years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluating training, capacity building, extension and agricultural research and development work. I have diverse experience having worked with higher agricultural learning institution, agricultural research institution and international organizations.

I am currently working for CABI's centre in Kenya as a participatory training and research scientist. I am responsible for initiating and implementing participatory training and research activities under the different thematic areas. The nature of my assignments and responsibilities has offered me opportunities to work with diverse stakeholders and multidisciplinary teams in several African countries. In particular, I have extensive project work experiences in Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana. My research interests include: local institutions, indigenous knowledge, rural/ agricultural finance, coffee value chain, innovation systems, communication for development, participatory research and extension approaches.

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Guaranteeing credit to coffee farmers in Ethiopia and Rwanda

Coffee is one of the largest traded commodities in the world, providing livelihoods for 25 million farming families, and is crucial to many countries’ GDP. In places such as Ethiopia and Rwanda, coffee plays a critical role in the economy and revitalising coffee production and quality is vital; allowing...