Fitsum Hagos is a Development Economist with over 15 years teaching and research experience in the economics of agricultural development and natural resource management. He has PhD in Development and Resource Economics from the Agricultural University of Norway (2003). As a researcher he has been involved in various projects focusing on natural resource conservation, tenure security, poverty and environment linkages, and water harvesting and poverty. He has served as team member of ILRI/IFPRI/MU led international research project: “Policies for Sustainable Land Management in the Highlands of East Africa” and is winner of the Neville Clarke Award (2001) for outstanding teamwork. Mr. Hagos has served as principal investigator or co-investigator in many donor funded projects such as NORAD funded research project on “Incentives for land conservation in the highlands of Ethiopia”; a Dutch-government sponsored research project in “Water harvesting for poverty reduction and sustainable resource use: Adaptations to climate change”; NORAD II sponsored research projects on “Impact of land registration and certification on land investment” and “Poverty and resource base: assessing poverty environment interactions”. He has published on tenure, land conservation, food for work, microfinance and water harvesting and poverty issues. Mr. Hagos has also served in various academic positions while working in Mekelle University (Ethiopia). Mr. Hagos has also equally extensive experience in consultancy work on behalf of NGOs and donor agencies. The works vary from conducting cost benefit analysis, evaluation of projects, capacity buiding training on diverse issues. Selected consultancy works are given below.
- Natural resource conservation,
- Tenure security,
- Poverty and environment linkages, and
- Water harvesting and poverty.