A profile of Aster Gebrekirstos, scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and researcher with the USAID-sponsored Africa RISING project.

ICRAF Scientist Dr Aster Afwork

ICRAF Scientist Dr Aster Gebrekirstos

“I have learned how farmers have changed in the last ten years. They are open and keen to use new technologies,” says Gebrekirstos.

She recounts what a female farmer in Debre Berhan, Ethiopia said during one of the project’s field visits:

“We do not expect the Africa RISING project to establish on farm demonstrations or reach all the farmers in the village at once, and we also know the project will terminate after few years. But if you could train a few farmers, introduce improved varieties, technologies in the next few years others will follow in adopting the technology, we will have access to purchase seed and seedlings from our fellow farmers so this is what we expect from the project,” said the farmer.

Read full interview: RISING voices: Aster Gebrekirstos (ICRAF) scientist for Africa RISING in Ethiopia

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