Dr. Segenet Kelemu is a native of Ethiopia and alumna of K-State. Dr. Kelemu is, by training, a molecular plant pathologist. Following a postdoc at Cornell University, she worked fifteen years as a senior scientist with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture where she eventually became the leader of Crop and Agroecosystem Health Management.

In 2007 she decided to move back to Africa to work on agricultural development. Currently, she is the Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Our conversation digs into some of the major issues African farmers are facing and the fascinating insect-centered solutions that Segenet and her team have developed.

"In 2018, Dr. Kelemu was recognized by Bill Gates, as one of five 'Heroes in the Field' who are using their talents to fight poverty, hunger and disease, and providing opportunities for the next generation."

For more on Dr. Kelemu and ICIPE, check out their website .