Professor Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye

Position:

Associate Professor

 

              

 

 

Qualifications:

PhD Agricultural Economics

MSc Agricultural Development Economics

BSc Agricultural Economics

 

Office Block:

 

Room 329

3rd Floor

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus

Pietermaritzburg

 

Telephone:

Fax:

Email:

 

+27 (0)33 260 5410

+27 (0)33 260 5970

walee@ukzn.ac.za

 

 

Biographical sketch

Edilegnaw Wale Zegeye is currently Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa. Before joining the University in early 2009 as a Senior Lecturer, he had been working with the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative (GRPI) project of Bioversity International in Kenya as an economist (2007-2009), and Post-Doc fellow, University of Bonn (2006-2007). He received Doctoral degree (2004) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn and MSc (1997) in Agricultural Development Economics from Wageningen University (The Netherlands), and BSc (1993) in Agricultural Economics, Alemaya University, all with Distinction.

His research focus areas are the economics of water use in smallholder agriculture, natural resources economics / agrobiodiversity economics, agricultural development economics/the economics of smallholder agriculture, cost benefit analysis of development projects/programs/policies, and impact assessment/technology adoption.

In 2006, his PhD thesis won an award “Prize of Friends of ZEF” selected as the best doctoral thesis of the years 2003 and 2004, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. He began his career at Alemaya University in Ethiopia where he served for six years (1994-5; 1997-2000 and 2004) in various capacities. He has also been a consultant to IFPRI and ILRI, among others.

So far, he has authored and co-authored 65 papers (53?? in accredited journals, 7 book chapters, and 5 peer-reviewed proceedings papers). Five of these papers won prizes. He has thus far published in journals including Ecological Economics, Food Security, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, African Development Review, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Biodiversity and Conservation, Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Journal of Human Ecology, Water SA, South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, and Agrekon.

So far, he co-supervised one post-doc, supervised and co-supervised seven candidates who have successfully graduated with PhD in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness), one from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and six at UKZN. He supervised and co-supervised 16 MSc candidates who have successfully graduated with MSc degrees (seven cum laude) in Agricultural Economics ((Alemaya University (six), AAU (one) and UKZN (eight)). Two PhD, three MSc and two Honors graduates won a prize.

To date, he served as external examiner of four PhD theses and 24 MSc dissertations for the University of Pretoria, University of Fort Hare, University of South Africa, Hawassa University, Alemaya University, University of the Free State, University of KwaZulu-Natal and North-West University.

He has authored and co-authored contributed papers (more than 40) presented at various international, regional and national conferences. He has recently received C-Rating (2014) by the South African National Research Foundation which confirms that he is an established researcher with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field and with a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field. This comes with some international recognition for the quality and impact of his recent research outputs. He is serving as a reviewer for various internationally accredited journals including Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Environment & Development Economics, Food Security, Natural Resources Forum: a UN Sustainable Development Journal, Journal of Arid Environments, Conservation Biology, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Water SA, Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology and Agrekon.


Current Teaching / Courses

He teaches various courses such as Agricultural Policy, Research Methodology, Micro-economics Applied to Agriculture, Agricultural Price analysis and Farm Management.

 

Post-Graduate Studies Supervision and External Examination
  • Co-supervised one post-doc (March 2014 – May 2015). Supervised and co-supervised seven candidates who have successfully graduated with PhD in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness), one from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and six at UKZN. Supervised and co-supervised 16 MSc candidates who have successfully graduated with MSc degrees (seven cum laude) in Agricultural Economics ((Alemaya University (six), AAU (one) and UKZN (eight)). Two PhD, three MSc and two Honors graduates won a prize. Currently supervising seven PhD and four MSc candidates at the UKZN.
  • To date, served as external examiner of four PhD theses and 24 MSc dissertations for the University of Pretoria, University of Fort Hare, University of South Africa, Hawassa University, Alemaya University, University of the Free State, University of KwaZulu-Natal and North-West University.

Research Interests /Areas of Specialty

  • The Economics of Irrigation Water Use in Smallholder Agriculture, Natural Resources Economics / Agrobiodiversity Economics, Agricultural and Food Policy, Agricultural Development Economics, Cost Benefit Analysis of Development Projects/Programs/Policies, Impact Assessment/Technology Adoption, Household Survey Design and Implementation & Computer Software Packages (Stata, LIMDEP, E-Views, and SPSS)

Research Projects

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FOR THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:

  • Water use productivity associated with appropriate entrepreneurial development paths in the transition from homestead food gardening to smallholder irrigation crop farming in KwaZulu-Natal Province (Project code: WRC   K5/2278) One PhD and four MSc students are working on this project. Source of funds: WRC
  • Livelihood Impacts of Climate-driven Land-use Changes: Cost-benefit Analysis for Small-scale Sugarcane and Forestry Production in KwaZulu-Natal. One PhD Candidate Source of funds: ACCESS
 

Academic Service

JOURNAL EDITORIAL SERVICE:

  • Editor, International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, Feb. 2009 – May 2017
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Agricultural Science, Oct. 2008 – Oct. 2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Mar. 2006 – Jul. 2007
    

JOURNAL REVIEWER:

  • Agricultural Economics, since May 2017
  • Ecological Economics, since Mar. 2009
  • Environment & Development Economics, since Feb. 2011
  • Food Security, since Nov. 2011
  • Natural Resources Forum: a UN Sustainable Development Journal, since March 2012
  • Journal of Arid Environments, since July 2012
  • African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, since November 2015
  • Water SA, since October 2015
  • Conservation Biology, since March 2014
  • Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, since May 2014
  • Agrekon, since Sept. 2009

OTHER ACADEMIC/RESEARCH COMMUNITY SERVICES:

  • Served as an external reviewer of a research proposal “Understanding and improving scaling readiness of climate smart, nutrient management decision support tools (DST) in different institutional environments: Ethiopia & Tanzania” submitted to “The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research” for funding
  • Serving as a member of discipline-grouped ASSAf Peer Review Panel of South African scholarly journals. This panel is constituted by Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
  • Serving as a reviewer of AEASA contributed papers (since 2009 I am reviewing 2 - 4 papers a year)
  • Serving as a member of the local organizing committee, 2017 annual conference; served as a member of the local organizing committee, 2009 annual conference; served as a member of AEASA 2014 award committee for the best international journal paper
  • Served as a reference group member for a WRC project (K5/1879//6)
  • Served as the evaluator of three projects submitted to WRC (August 2015)
  • NRF Rating: Served as evaluator of the quality of the research outputs and standing of four applicants from three Universities in South Africa (2014, 2015 & 2016)
  • Served as an external examiner for Environmental Economics course (2012-13), Rhodes University
  • Served as the reviewer of NRF's Research & Technology Funding application
  • Served as an external examiner (2014) for an MSc course - Advanced Production Economics, University of Pretoria
 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • International Association of Agricultural Economists, since Jul. 2003;
  • European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), 2008-2011;
  • Africa Farm Management Association (AFMA), Since Oct. 2014;
  • African Forest Forum, Since Jun. 2008;
  • Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa, since Feb. 2009;
  • Ethiopian Economic Association, since Sept. 2000;
  • Ethiopian Association of Agricultural Professionals, since Aug. 2004;
  • Agricultural Economics Society of Ethiopia, since Feb. 1997

 

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