Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester

Linking and Learning Officer

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am passionate about exchanging knowledge and experiences on a range of different issues. Gender-sensitive agricultural development, project activities and/or innovations that empower women, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food security are of special interest to me. I like to bring people, organizations, institutions and development agencies together to work towards a shared goal of achieving sustainable agriculture and food security for all. By going on this path together, new ideas can be created and solutions can be found to overcome challenges.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 10 August 2017 at 09:11

REPORT: Homegardens for Better Nutrition Event at the EU

As part of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture platform facilitated by AgriProFocus and the EU, four workshops have been organized in 2016. The first workshop of 2017, held on May 31st , addressed the issue of homegardens for better nutrition. Different guest speakers, Mekonnen from CRS, Medhanit from FHI360 and Mesfin from Send A Cow presented about different type of homegardens (e.g. permagardening, keyhole gardening etc.) and about the nutritional benefit for rural households to combine homegardening with livestock rearing. In addition, Mestawet from AKLDP/Tufts University was a special guests as she is responsible for the Ethiopian Home Gardens Networkand for the provision of permagardening (ToT) training. 

Please find the workshop report attached. 

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4 months 16 hours ago

Meskerem Niesette Ritmeester Dear Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa, Sorry for the delay. I had a little trouble uploading this report, but here it is. Enjoy reading! 

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Dr. Alula Pankhurst on Rural Youth Dev. & Entrepreneurship

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 June 2017, 17:30-19:00
  BlueMoon Initiative, METI Building, Bole area (Between Edna Mall and Atlas Hotel)

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Fireside Chat with the well-known Dr. Alula Pankhurst and his co-researcher Catherine Dom on“Youth Development & Entrepreneurship: Pathway to Independence” on Thursday June 1stfrom 5:30PM – 7:00PM(walk-in and registration from 5:00PM) at the office of Dr. Eleni's BlueMoon Initiative.

This Fireside Chat is organized by AgriProFocus' Youth in Agribusiness Community in cooperation with the BlueMoon Initiative. In the form of an interactive session of knowledge sharing and question and answer moments, Dr. Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom will share their research findings on the topics of:

1) Youth transformation to adulthood and independence

2) Young women’s economic participation

3) Successful youth entrepreneurship

These research findings are part of a 20+ year longitudinal study of community change in rural Ethiopia of which Dr. Alula is the lead researcher. The purpose of sharing this highly valuable research is to provide all actors that are

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Workshop: Nutrition-Sensitive Ag. through Homegardening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  31 May 2017, All Day Event
  EU Delegation (Across the street from Desalegn Hotel), Addis Ababa

The EU/AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture invites you to the first workshop of this year to discuss the topic of homegardens. This first workshop will be organized in collaboration with the Homegardens Network. In the morning, we have different guest speakers talking about their experiences with homegarden projects and how homegardens can contribute to better nutrition while also talking about the success and failures in their implementations. Working group discussions will be held in the afternoon to exchange knowledge, best practices and challenges regarding homegardening and its impact on nutrition.

This full-day workshop will be held at the EU Delegation, on Wednesday 31 May from 9AM-4PM.

Since space is limited, we will allocate space for interested people on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to participate, please register with Ms. Ursula Truebswasser,, or with Mr. Pierre-Luc Van Haeverbeke, pierre-luc.vanhae

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2nd Int. Conference: Advancing Food & Nutrition in Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  29 December 2017 to 31 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Jijiga city, Somali Region, Ethiopia

Jijiga University of Ethiopia is planning to organize the 2nd International conference on “Narrowing the disparity Gaps among marginalized population in Africa”: Advancing Food and nutrition in Africa. Tentatively the conferences will be held on the coming Dec 29-31, 2017 at Jijiga city of Somali regional state, Ethiopia.

In this event the following sub-themes are selected for the scientific scholars to deliver their speech and share their research findings and show policy direction. Sub themes and the specific themes will be as follows:

1. Food Security:

• Food insecurity among marginalized population in Africa

• Factors contributing food insecurity in Africa

• Climate stress and food security in Africa

2. Evidence based interventions of the food and nutrition worldwide:

• Safety net and emergency interventions (Positive and negative aspects)

• Agricultural interventions, what works and does not work?

• Social and Cultural aspects in implem

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 4 May 2017 at 06:45

The University of Gondar and Queen’s University Join The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Partnership will provide 450 scholarships to promising young African leaders and develop Ethiopia’s first occupational therapy program

Ethiopia’s University of Gondar and Canada’s Queen’s University today announced a 10-year, USD$24.2 million partnership to advance inclusive higher education for young people with disabilities in Ethiopia and other countries in Africa, as part of The MasterCard Foundation’s Scholars Program. The partnership will provide 450 next-generation African leaders with a high-quality university education at the University of Gondar, while also providing 60 of the university’s faculty members with the opportunity to study at Queen’s University, where they will enhance their skills in innovative pedagogy and in leading collaborative research between African and North American universities. The University of Gondar and Que

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 1 May 2017 at 08:12

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 26 April 2017 at 03:19

BioInnovate Africa Programme Phase II: Call for Concept Notes

First open call for concept notes for creating value for smallholder farming communities through sustainable bioinnovations

Grant categories: Category 1 - developing and piloting economically viable bio-based technologies and products, and Category 2 - technology business incubation.

Thematic focus areas: a) Value addition to agro-produce; and, b) agro / biowaste conversion;

Eligible applicants: Scientists, researchers and innovators resident in one of the eastern African countries of

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Partners per project: Minimum 3 and maximum 7 from at least two of the eligible countries.

Grant period: Up to 3 years (2017-2020)

Grant amount per project: US$ 750,000 for Category 1 grant; and US$ 250,000 for Category 2 grant.

Total budgetary allocation: US$ 5 million

Call deadline: 2nd June 2017.

Find more detailed information here.


CIMMYT Seminar: Understanding Gender in Agriculture

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  05 May 2017, 14:00-15:30
  ILRI Campus, Lalibela Auditorium (Gurde Shola, Addis Ababa)

You are cordially invited to a panel presentation on "Understanding gender in agriculture in Ethiopia" hosted by CIMMYT and chaired by Dr. Kristie Drucza. The Seminar will take place on Friday May 5, 2017 at 2PM-3:30PM in the Lalibela Auditorium of the ILRI Campus (Gurde Shola, Addis Ababa).

The following four different presentations will be provided to you during this Seminar:

1. Data mining results: What three different quantitative surveys tell us about gender (Presented by Dagmawit Grief).

2. What promising gender approaches and methodologies are being used in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector (results from stakeholder consultations) and what does best-practice gender mainstreaming look like? (Presented by Wondimu Abebe)

3. ‘What works’ (and what does not work) for gender/social norm changes in agricultural development projects? Initial results from a meta-evaluation on 18 external evaluations from agricultural programs in Ethiopia (presented by Emily Springer)

4. Agr

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NEW Powerpoint Available on CASCAPE's Gender-Sensitive Activities

These additional powerpoint slides from the Third Forum Series of the ENGEA meeting on March 17, 2017, provide extra information on CASCAPE's current and previous activities regarding women-specific, labour-saving technologies.

Documents of the Third Forum Series ENGEA NOW Online!

CASCAPE & Labor-Saving Women Specific Agricultural Technologies

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) organized the third forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues on March 17, 2017 at BENEFIT-Partnership office in the morning. You can find the summary of this forum meeting here

The powerpoint presentation of CASCAPE provide an overview of CASCAPE's experience with the introduction and testing of homegarden practices, enset processing devices and row weeder technologies and the activities undertaken to mainstream gender in the project, as well as the main findings and recommendations of the gender analysis conducted, were highlighted.

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 28 March 2017 at 01:39

FAO Online Discussion & Discussion Paper on the Nutrion-Sensitive Value Chains Framework

Discussion Paper from the Committee on World Food Security

The Rome-based Agencies Working Group (Including FAO, WFP and IFAD) has developed a joint nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) framework. The NSVC framework is a practical approach to navigate the complexity of food systems and identify investment and policy opportunities to ensure that food value chains contribute to improved food security and nutrition. Opportunities to enhance nutrition outcomes arise at all stages of the value chain, from production to consumption. Adopting a NSVC approach allows for analyzing the roles and incentives of different actors along the chain, and to consider what may be the impact on cross cutting issues such as gender and climate change, as well as what policy and regulatory environment is conducive for VC to contribute to nutrition.

Follow the online discussion "How can value chains be shaped to improve

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ENGEA Labor-Saving & Women-Specific Technologies

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  17 March 2017, 10:00-12:00
  BENEFIT-Partnership Office (Above Shoa Supermarket in Bisrate Gabriel area)

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) has organized the third forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues on March 17, 2017 at 10AM-12PM at BENEFIT-Partnership office in the morning. 

This forum will feature a presentation on the experiences of BENEFIT-CASCAPE with labor-saving, women-specific agricultural technologies. In particular, it will address the successes and challenges in the introduction and testing of homegarden practices, enset processing devices and row weeder technologies. An overview of the CASCAPE project will be provided, and the activities undertaken to mainstream gender in the project, as well as the main findings and recommendations of the gender analysis conducted, will be highlighted.

If you wish to join this meeting, please confirm your presence with Seblewongel Deneke

Direction to BENEFIT- Partnership office: BENEFIT Partnership (Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income an

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 13 March 2017 at 03:08

AgriProFocus Presence at Mastercard's YAW Summit to Promote Engagement of Youth in Agriculture

On February 16 and 17, 2017, the Young Africa Works Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda. This Summit was organized by the Mastercard Foundation in support of YPARD. The AgriProFocus Ethiopia office had the chance to attend this invitation-only meeting where AgriProFocus’ activities in the area of youth engagement in agriculture were displayed and connections with interesting partners were made.

According to Mastercard Foundation, “Africa is the world’s most youthful continent. Each year, over 11 million young Africans are entering the job market — but not the workforce. Today, the continent is facing a double employment crisis: both a lack of jobs for youth, and an increasing number of young people in need of work. Agriculture, the largest sector of employment in Africa, promises opportunities for job growth and economic prosperity. But transforming into a modern, sustainable and profita

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 13 March 2017 at 01:56

Summary available of Second Forum Meeting on Gender in GRAD project

Please find a summary of the Gender in GRAD Project presentation – Strategies, Challenges and Outcomes” of Semhal Getachew who is the Gender and Youth Advisor at CARE. This forum meeting is the second in a series and organized by the Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA). This meeting was attended by 20 network members. 

Click here to access the PowerPoint Presentation.

Report out! The first platform meeting of the ENGEA on Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives

The presentation on “Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives” was made by Selam Gebretsion who is a Gender Specialist Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Project which is financed by USAID. The project has been active since 2013 and will continue until 2018.

The program was organized by The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) which was established 1 year ago. The purpose of the presentation is in line with one of the network’s objective of creating a platform for sharing information, managing knowledge and experience among government and development partners”.

The Rural Land Administration Law from gender Perspective is the first in a series and was attended by 20 network members.

Please read a short summary of the paper presentation meeting here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 January 2017 at 12:21

Deadline Applications for the BlueMoon Incubator Program for YOUTH Innovative Agribusinesses Extended to January 11


The Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  05 January 2017, 14:00-16:00
  ATA Office

The Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agriculture (ENGEA) has organized the first forum in a series to raise awareness on gender issues. The first forum will have a presentation by Ethiopian Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) project.

Selam Gebretsion, gender specialist for the LAND project, will present her paper on 'Rural Land Administration Law from Gender Perspectives'.

The objective of this first forum will be to learn more and exchange insights regarding Ethiopian women farmers' challenges to land access.


International Agribusiness Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  23 April 2017 to 12 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Haifa, Israel

Applications open for an International Course on "Agribusiness: A Tool for the Empowerment of Rural Women" (3 weeks)

This course aims to contribute to rural women's empowerment by exploring agricultural entrepreneurship as well as additional farm-related components of rural economy contributing to income generation and employment, taking into consideration the adaptability of different methods and technologies to meet local conditions in each participant's own country.

Admission requirements:

This course is for policy makes, practitioners, representatives of the agricultural sector. Applicants need to have an academic degree and at least 5 years experience.

Click here to find more information.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 December 2016 at 01:52

Brief Moment With: Honey Agripreneur Jony Girma

Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.

Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.