About the symposium

Enset-based agriculture is an indigenous sustainable farming system in Ethiopia that feeds over 20 million people. Enset is a climate-resilient crop in this ever-changing climate and provides enormous ecosystem services. In Arba Minch University (AMU), one of the research Universities in Ethiopia, enset-based research has been one of the main focuses. Initiated by the Biodiversity and Conservation Research Center of the university, further collaborative research has come up with capacity building and innovative technologies that have impacted the lives of millions of people. AMU aspires to organize an international symposium on enset to speak out and demonstrate its proven innovative Enset processing technologies and value-added and fortified food products to the national and international research, academia, businessmen, GOs, and NGOs. Our aim is to distribute responsibilities for the promotion and scaling up of the underutilized indigenous enset-based knowledge and technologies to the global community and then contribute to the attainment of some of the important SDGs. The symposium takes place for two days in which renowned enset-based researchers from Ethiopia and beyond will lead a panel discussion on how to make enset the next superfood. On the 2nd day, exhibitions and field visits on innovations will be held.  Arba Minch University, the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and the Bio and Emerging Technology Institute are co-hosting the event.


The venue for the symposium is the auditorium at the main campus of Arba Minch University, Arba Minch Ethiopia.

Keynote speaker

H.E Ambassador Professor Admasu Tsegaye will be making a keynote speech at the event. Professor Admasu Tsegaye is a professor in crop ecology; served as President of Addis Ababa University; Ambassador of Ethiopia to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Maldives.


Panelists include well-known professionals in the Enset research. The speakers include Dr. Fekadu Gurmu, Dr. Kebede Abegaz, Dr. Bizuayehu Tesfaye, Dr. Kebede Abegaz, Dr. Sabura Shara; Dr. Addisu Fekedu; Dr. Feleke Woldeyes; Dr Shannon Rubera, Mr. Abdela, Prof. Ali, and Dr. Mekuria  

Who attends

Scholars, researchers and government officials rounding 350 participants will attend the event. Participants from outside of Ethiopia include from the US, Kenya, Belgium, and South Africa.

The First International Enset Symposium: Towards Global Food and Nutrition Security

Program Schedule

Media coverage about Enset research

Sponsors and Co-hosts

Even if this list is not yet complete as still more sponsors are coming some of the sponsors and co-hosts include

  •  Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia (co-host) – Platinum
  • Bio and Emerging Technology Institute (co-host) – Platinum
  • Inter-University Cooperation (IUC) - Platinum
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) - Platinum
  • Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise – Gold
  • Alabaster International – Gold
  • Arba Minch Tourist Hotel – Silver
  • Dere Gamo Development and Business Corporation, Arba Minch Agricultural Development PLC -Silver
  • Bere Sericulture Production PLC Arab Minch – Silver
  • Haile Resort Arba Minch - Silver