Nega WubenehCountry Manager, Ethiopia
Nega Wubeneh joined AGRA in 2009 as a policy Program Officer responsible for Market and Regional Trade Policies. He has 25 years of professional experience in Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Quantitative Policy Analysis, and Policy Advocacy. Nega is currently Country Manager for Ethiopia of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA).
Nega served as a Senior Director and as member of the Senior Management team and previously Director of Input and Output Markets Program at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) on a secondment from AGRA. He managed eight systems programs (Markets, Cooperatives, Seeds, Soil Fertility, Household Irrigation, Mechanization, Research and Extension and Rural Finance) responsible for developing solutions for systemic problems in the agricultural sector and managed more than two-third of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the ATA. He led the design and implementation of a number of innovative solutions to tackle systemic bottlenecks in the agricultural system. A farm input credit program Nega has developed in Ethiopia has enabled over 5 million farmers have access to input credit. In 2018/19 farmers were able to buy $340 million worth of agricultural inputs through the input voucher system.
Prior to joining AGRA he was Agricultural Research Officer at the CGIAR Science Council Secretariat at United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), working on ex-post impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation of international agricultural research. He also served as a Senior Research Assistant in the Livestock Policy Analysis Program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and as Junior and Senior Statistician in the Ministry Industry and Addis Ababa Region Industry and Trade Bureau.
Nega has a BSc degree in Statistics and BA degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University and MSc and PhD (ABD) in International Development and Policy from Purdue University, United States.