Dr. Mulugetta Mekuria an Ethiopian national has been the Regional Representative for CIMMYT Southern Africa Regional (2007-2017). Dr Mekuria is a Senior Scientist: Agricultural Economics. He has more than 25 years of academic, research and leadership experience in Ethiopia, the US, Southern and Eastern Africa region in general and in Zimbabwe in particular.
He earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Before joining CIMMYT, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, University of the North,(now University of Limpopo) South Africa.
Currently, he is Program Leader of the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA)- being led by CIMMYT, funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and implemented in collaboration with NARS of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique ,Malawi and spillover countries of Rwanda, Uganda and Botswana, University of Queensland (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), regional and international partners.
Mulugetta Mekuria has been actively involved in co-coordinating and participating in a number of research projects in Integrated Soil Fertility Management and conservation agriculture. He has been actively involved in resource mobilization for a number of CIMMYT special projects. He has published scientific papers in the area of food security and technology adoption and conservation agriculture.