The CEO and general manager of ACIAR  Visits EIAR

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). prof. Andrew Campbell and the General Manager of ACIAR, global programs director of Australian international food security Centre (AIFSC) Ms. Mellissa Wood visited EIAR on June 27/ 2017 and discussed with EIAR Director General (DG), Dr. Fentahun Mengistu and relevant Directors of Technical Directorates of the Institute on various areas of auspicious alliance to design and undertake joint research activities in agricultural sector.

While in receipt of the guests, Dr. Fentahun Mengistu has made a brief presentation regarding the overall country’s profile, the status of Ethiopian agriculture, efforts have been made, challenges and achievements realized and future strategic issues identified in the national agricultural research system based on facts noticed over the past 50 years of formal research system. Moreover, the Director General (DG) has briefed the guests on status of some of the projects, such as SIMELSA, FACASI, etc. that have been funded by ACIAR.

Prof. Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), said that the partnership and the supports that we have been made so far to the national research system will also be continued by targeting to build the capacity of the system in responding the growing demand for agricultural technology in the sector. The support modalities can be direct funding of research projects, staff exchange, and long term training opportunities for researchers in Australia Universities.

Ms. Mellissa Wood, the General Manager of ACIAR, global programs director of Australian international food security Center (AIFSC) said that it is important working to create business for youths through innovative business incubation approaches, delivering seed money/startup capital, together with supply of appropriate agricultural technologies and training. Prof. Andrew also mentioned the possible areas of funding research projects including horticulture, nutrition, children, women, youth and agricultural mechanization. 

In this regard, Chief Executive Officer of the ACIAR, Prof. Andrew indicated that it is possible to collaborate with Agricultural Universities and Business entrepreneurs to create employment for the newly graduated students through which the national research system can promote the utilization of available technologies and contribute to overall economic development.

Finally, EIAR DG, Dr. Fentahun Mengistu has concluded the discussion by noticing the capability of the national research system to accommodate huge projects and succeed in managing available project funds with its own full capacity and extended gratefulness to guests for their visit and fruitful discussion.