Amazing work by Professor Fetien Abay… I think I’m a little in love!

Professor Fetien Abay, I tip my hat to you. I really do.

She is the first Ethiopian female professor in plant breeding & seed (agriculture), and the third female professor of the entire country. A genius, hardworking scientist, promoter of gender equality, and pioneer.

Read about this amazing woman in the RUFORUM blog…


AbayHer Story

Professor Fetien Abay Abera was born in Wukro town of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. She is the last (twin) daughter to a family of 12 and is now married and a mother of three. Saved by her mother from an arranged marriage at a very young age (12) to a much older man (36), she was able to continue her schooling and complete her high school education in Eastern part of Tigray. Professor Fetien then attended Awassa College of Agriculture in southern Ethiopia, where she graduated with a Diploma in Plant Science. She worked from 1985 to 1988 as a development agent in rural areas of Oromia, and Amhara Regions. She took the opportunity to continue her studies for a BSc in Plant Science from Alamaya University, Ethiopia. After graduating in 1991, she worked as a researcher with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and then joined theā€¦

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