6 March 2019 Addis Ababa – Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) signed a subgrant agreement with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), which will enable seasoned agricultural researchers to share knowledge to young researchers. The agreement will help to inject up to 50 senior agriculture scientists into Ethiopia agriculture research system on short-term contracts.

The agreement is the second phase of the project “Enhancing the Capacity of the Next Generation of Agricultural Research Workforce of Ethiopia by Engaging Seasoned Researchers”.  The project aims at building the leadership capacities of EIAR’s youth researchers so that they will be able to deliver agricultural technologies, information, and knowledge that are relevant, effective and sustainable in the context of Ethiopia’s agricultural growth and development agenda.

Mr. Khalid Bomba, CEO ATA and Dr. Mandefro Nigussie, Director General of EIAR signed the agreement in the presence of Senior Directors of ATA and officials of EIAR.


On the occasion, Mr. Khalid noted that the ATA is creating an institutional relationship with EIAR to help bring change and make a difference in the agriculture sector. “This agreement will be the beginning of good things to come,” Khalid. “We have a working relationship with EIAR and this strong relationship will overcome any limitations by open dialogue and communications,” he added.

Dr. Mandefro Nigussie on his part said “this partnership is a perfect opportunity to use the support of ATA to achieve success in the sector”. This partnership agreement will enable to transfer immense knowledge from seasoned agricultural scientists to youth researchers,” Dr Mandefro. Researchers who will be injected in the sector through this partnership will be important for Ethiopian Agriculture and the only way to ensure the success is through continued support from both parties.

The project will focus on consolidating the achievements of the first phase of the project and further refinement and scaling of the results. It will work to achieve the long-term objective of building technical and leadership capacity of EIAR’s youth human resources, which represents a majority of the workforce engaged in agricultural research.