Credit: Daria Koshkina

“Segenet Kelemu is a molecular plant pathologist whose cutting-edge research is dedicated to helping the world’s smallholder farmers grow more food and rise out of poverty. ‘The drive of my life is to make a difference in people’s lives and to improve agriculture in Africa,’ she shares. Kelemu grew up in a poor farming family in Ethiopia and was the first woman from her region to get a college degree. ‘In my village, girls were married off at a very young age, but luckily I was too rebellious for anyone to arrange a marriage for me,’ she laughs. ‘I was really determined to go to university.’

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