Dr. Tilahun Amede’s Expectation from the African Landscapes Dialogue

Dr. Tilahun Amede, ICRISAT
Dr. Tilahun Amede, ICRISAT

Dr. Tilahun Amede (Ethiopian) is a Country Representative and principal scientist in Natural Resources Management, working for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semiarid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his PhD in Eco-physiology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany, in 1997. Tilahun has been conducting research for improving the Natural Resources base in Eastern and Southern Africa for the last 20 years, with particular focus on Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Before joining ICRISAT, Tilahun was a Nile Basin Leader, a joint appointee for the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water for Food developing strategies and interventions for improving water productivity and reducing land degradation at farm, landscape and Nile basin scales.

Dr. Tilahun also served as a Senior Research Fellow for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the African Highlands Initiative (1999-2005), backstopping national agricultural systems in East African Highlands in the area of land and water management. He also served as an Assistant Professor in Hawassa University, Ethiopia. Tilahun published 100+ papers, 73 peer reviewed and won various national and international awards. His expertise and research interest are in watershed management, targeting soil fertility management options at farm and landscape scales, sustainable intensification pathways, irrigation agronomy, drought physiology and climate change adaptation. Tilahun advised more than 20 PhD and MSc students.

My expectation would be: We will assess the progress this global alliance has made not only in terms of generating and facilitating adoption of technologies and best practices but also our contributions towards policy shift and investment in sustainable landscape management. It would also dwell on emerging challenges and potential remedies to enhance landscape health in Africa”

Dr. Tilahun Amede could be reached at: t.amede@cgiar.org