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Eva Weltzien

Dr. Eva Weltzien is a freelance consultant whose research focused on the effective use of sorghum, pearl millet and barley genetic resources for variety development and seed systems that best meet women and men farmers’ needs in dryland areas. She coordinated research on sorghum improvement in West-Africa for ICRISAT for 17 years, focusing on methodologies for participatory plant breeding and enhancing local seed systems. In 2015 she was awarded the ‘Justus von Liebig Prize for World Nutrition’, jointly with her husband Fred Rattunde.
She received her Doctorate degree from the Technical University of Munich, Germany in collaboration with ICARDA in Aleppo/Syria, after studies at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and Iowa State University, USA