Dr. Solomon Gizaw

Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse

Dr. Solomon Gizaw, is the Head of the TAAT Clearinghouse at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).  He is based in Cotonou, Benin Republic. Dr Gizaw has a long career with extensive experience in agricultural research and development at both national and international levels. He holds a B.Sc. from Haromaya University, Ethiopia, in Plant Sciences, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Breeding and Protection from George August University, Germany.  From 2013 to 2021, he worked as Principal Scientist at ICARDA and leader for the wheat component within the AfDB-funded SARD-SC and TAAT Programmes implemented across Africa.

Through these Bank's supported initiatives, Dr. Gizaw has contributed to developing seed systems and especially introducing, adapting and widely deploying proven heat-tolerant wheat technologies that have impacted the lives of millions of smallholder farmers in several African countries.  Dr. Gizaw was appointed as Director General of the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization in 2007 and served for eight years. Between 1989 and 2005, Dr. Gizaw also served in various capacities - as Wheat Breeder, National Durum Wheat Coordinator, and Director of the Research Center. He is the former board chair of the Ethiopian Seed Enterprise and chair/vice chair of ASARECA. He has authored or co-authored over 70 scientific papers and received awards from various research, government, and private sector organizations.