Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

At CTA since May 2010

Michael Hailu

Biography

Michael Hailu has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research, communications and development in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining CTA, he held senior leadership positions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia. He has implemented major strategic realignment of the CTA refocusing the Centre’s work on promoting innovations and capacities to advance youth and women entrepreneurship, digitalisation and climate resilience in agriculture. He has degrees from the universities of Pittsburgh, USA and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has been trained in strategic leadership at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, USA.

Articles

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They say that the future belongs to the young. In Africa, the future of the continent’s agriculture almost certainly belongs to its youth. More than 60% of Africans are under 25, and every year, 10-12 million young people enter the job market in search of employment. Vast numbers work in farming in rural areas – agriculture employs almost 70% of the population – but the prospect of higher wages and a more secure livelihood is driving urban migration for many others.

Publications

  1. The Digitalisation of African Agriculture Report, 2018-2019

    "Digitalisation is crumbling all sorts of borders and African agriculture will be deeply impacted. Technologies can help stimulate innovation for sustainable agri-food systems and produce better and safer food while preserving natural resources and biodiversity. But we need to be conscious and support solutions that are sustainable and that are tailored to countries’ needs, and embedded into conducive and broader innovation systems." Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit at the European Commission, DG for International Cooperation and Development

events

  1. Dec 14

    GFFA 2020

    The 12th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is held in Berlin from 16 to 18 January 2020 on the subject "Food for all! Trade for secure, diverse and sustainable nutrition”.

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    • Dec 14

      Launch of the One Million Farmer platform

      This launch is a follow up to Disruptive Agricultural Technology Challenge and Conference, held in April 2019, that discussed various opportunities offered by disruptive digital technologies to increase productivity, access to services and market access in the agricultural sector in Kenya. After the two days, 14 of the most promising digital technology innovators in agriculture in Kenya we…
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    • Dec 14

      The 9th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government


      The 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government takes place from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit, themed “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism”, is preceded by ministerial sessions from 6 to 8 December.

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    • Dec 14

      2019 Belt and Road Initiative forum for rural development

      The Belt and Road Initiative aims to promote collaboration among countries at different stages of development and provide learning opportunities for good practices. In this context, this forum is launched in order to explore the different paths for rural development and poverty reduction. The Forum leads discussions on various topics such as rural development, urban-rural integration…
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      Conference
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