About Us

The Office of Research Affairs of the University is in charge of coordinating the research and extension activities

Haramaya University aspires to become one of the best research universities in Africa by the year 2025.

Undertaking demand-driven, problem-solving, and cutting-edge research, and disseminating generated and adapted knowledge and technologies for socio-economic transformation of the society.

  • Academic Freedom
  • Perseverance
  • Good Governance
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Professionalism
  • Collaborative Spirit
  • Fostering Creativity/ Innovation
  • Respect for Nature and Environment.

Jemal Yousuf Hassen (PhD) 

PhD Agriculture Extension; Assistant Professor of Rural Development and Agriculture Extension




Contact Details:

Telephone (Office):   +251(0)255530324
Telephone (Mob):+251(0)915768463
Email Address:         jemaly2001@yahoo.com
Skype ID:        jemalyousuf

Research interest: Linking agricultural/rural development intervention with human nutrition; community-based natural resource management, Improving Agricultural Extension Advisory Services through cutting age ICT use and value chain development; and improving teaching and learning in graduate agricultural programs.

Vice-President for Research Affairs

The Vice-President for Research Affairs (VPRA) owns the overall research and technology exchange (extension) process of the university. VPRA is responsible for the strategic guidance and mentoring of all research and extension units. Under this office are three major directorate offices responsible for leading research, technology exchange (extension), publication, and facility provision and management of the university. These include director for research groups and partnerships, director for research extension and publication, and director for research facilities.

Dr Jemal is currently the Vice President for Research Affairs and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension at Haramaya University.He is trained in agricultural extension, food marketing and rural development: BSc in Agricultural Extension from Haramaya University in 1997; Higher Diploma and MSc in Cooperative Organization Food Marketing and Rural Development, obtained in 2003 and 2004 respectively, both from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland; and a PhD in Agricultural Extension from University of Cape-Coast (UCC), Ghana, obtained in August, 2011. Dr Jemal has extensive experience of international partnership, working on multi-disciplinary teams and leading various projects from AGRIDIET (aimed at understanding the link between agriculture and nutrition)to USAID agricultural training projects.Dr. Jemal has also experience of leading project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AgShare Project, in collaboration with Michigan State University which aimed at creating a scalable and sustainable method of filling critical gaps in graduate agriculture related curriculum through a redesigned teaching and learning process. Under a six-year grant, through AgShare project graduate students were engaged in action and participatory research, which connected them to communities and smallholders and through rigorous research practices, produces high quality peer reviewed research, case studies and extension materials.

Research interests are: Linking agricultural/rural development intervention with human nutrition;  community-based natural resource management, Improving Agricultural Extension Advisory Services through cutting age ICT use and value chain development; improving teaching and learning in graduate agricultural program for….. 

Awol Seid Ebrahim (PhD) Academic Rank: Assistant Professor 

Specialization: PhD in Plant Pathology (Nematology), MBA in Project Managemnet, Short Research Stay for molecular identification of plant-parasitic nematodes, MSc in Postgraduate International Plant Nematology and BSc in Crop Production and Protection.

Contact Details:  

Haramaya University, P.O.Box 20, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia E-mail: awolseid07@gmail.com GSM: +251919132542 Fax: +251255530325/31/54

Research Interest

  • Host-pathogen interaction and host-pathogen co-evolution
  • Investigating disease complexes mainly on soil borne diseases and devising sustainable management strategies
  • Plant resistance screening and breeding for soil borne disease resistance
  • Biodiversity of plant pathogens at molecular level (main focus on soil borne pathogens)

Director for Research Groups and Partnerships (DRGP)

The Director for Research Groups and Partnerships (DRGP) owns the process of formulating and identifying research thematic areas of the university, and prepares the programmes of executing the research undertakings. The director shall perform, among others, the following major duties:

  • Ensures that all staff and student research conducted at the university or anywhere else through sponsorship of the university fall under one of the six thematic areas of the university
  • Coordinates the activities of research groups established based on the identified research thematic areas and facilitate their work through horizontal networking
  • Facilitates establishment of partnerships of research groups with national and international stakeholders
  • Based on recommendations of research groups, stakeholders, and researchers, he/she shall facilitate entering agreements and linkages with professionals
  • Organises and executes national and international workshops that focus on research thematic areas
  • Performs any other related activities

List Of Selected Publications

    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Decraemer, W. and Wesemael, W.M.L. (2019). Damage Potential of Meloidogyne incognita Populations On Selected Tomato Genotypes In Ethiopia. Nematropica 49: 01-15.
    • Abrar S., Seid, A. & Dejene, M. (2019). Integrated Management of Meloidogyne incognita in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) using Botanical and Intercropping. African Journal of Agricultural Research 14: 20-25.
    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Janssen, T., Decraemer, W. & Wesemael, W.M.L. (2019). Biodiversity of Meloidogyne from major tomato growing areas of Ethiopia. European Journal of Plant Pathology 153 (915): 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10658-019-01674-6
    • Beyan A., Seid, A. & Hassen, S. (2019). Response of selected tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) genotypes to Meloidogyne javanica and Fusarium oxysporumsp. lycopersici co-infestation under glasshouse conditions. Pakistan Journal of Nematology 37(1): 63-82, http://dx.doi.org/10.18681/pjn.v37.i01.p63-82
    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Decraemer, W. & Wesemael, W.M.L. (2019). Damage potential of Meloidogyne incognita populations on selected tomato genotypes in Ethiopia. Nematropica 49:
    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Decraemer, W. & Wesemael, W.M.L. (2018). Heat stability of resistance in selected tomato breeding lines against Meloidogyne incognita and Meloidogyne javanica populations under elevated soil temperatures. Russian Journal of Nematology 26 (1): 51-61.
    • Seid, A., Dejene M., Wakgari M. & Terefe H. (2018). Haramaya University Plant Protection Program: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects. Booklet Prepared for the 24th Annual Conference and Silver Jubilee of the Plant Protection Society of Ethiopia (16-17 March 2018 at Haramaya University).
    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Decraemer, W. & Wesemael, W.M.L. (2017). Resistance screening of clones and commercial tomato cultivars against Meloidogyne incognita and javanica populations (Nematoda) from Ethiopia. Euphytica 213:97, DOI 10.1007/s10681-017-1886-4.
    • Mwesige, R., Seid, A., & Wesemael W.M.L. (2016). Identification and Pathogenicity of Root-Knot Nematodes from Tomatoes grown in Kyenjojo and Masaka Districts in Uganda. African Journal of Agricultural Research 11(38): 3598-3606.
    • Seid, A., Fininsa, C., Mekete, T., Decraemer, W. & Wesemael, W.M.L. (2015). Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum) and root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.)-A Century Old Battle. Nematology 17(9): 995-1009.
    • Seid, A., Goftishu, M., Degebassa, L. & Mekete, T. (2015). Occurrence, distribution, and abundance of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with khat (Catha edulis Forsk) in East Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia. Nematropica 45:208-214.
    • Abebe, E., Mekete, T., Seid, A., Meressa, B.H, Wondafrash, M., Addis, T., Getaneh, G. & Abate, B.A. (2015). Research on plant-parasitic and entomopathogenic nematodes in Ethiopia: a review of current state and future direction. Nematology 17:741-759.
    • Mekonen, M., Ayalew, A., W/Tsadik, K. & Seid, A. (2015). Assessing and Measuring of Citrus gummosis (Phytophthora ) in Major Citrus Growing Areas of Ethiopia. Journal of Horticulture Volume 2(3): 154. doi:10.4172/2376-0354.1000154.
    • Goftishu, M., Seid, & Dechassa, N. (2014). Occurrence and population monitoring of a new species of the tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), in Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences 8(1): 59-64.
    • Mekonen, M., Seid, A., Ayalew, A. & W/Tsadik, K. (2014). Distribution of the Citrus Nematode (Tylenchulus semipenetrans) in Major Citrus (Citrus Sinesis) Growing Areas of Ethiopia. Pest Management Journal of Ethiopia 17:11-17.

Chanyalew Seyoum Aweke  (PhD)
Assistant Professor
PhD in Rural Development




Contact Details:

Telephone (Office): +251 255 53 03 29
Telephone (Mob): +251 911818712
Email Address: acseyoum@gmail.com or chanyalew_s@yahoo.com
Skype ID: chanyalew.aweke27
Postal address: P.O.Box 103, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Fax: +251 255 53 01 06 (Research Office)

Research Interest: Agricultural systems, Food and Nutrition Security, nexus between agriculture and nutrition, agricultural advisory services/extension, livelihood analysis, climate change, smallholder commercialization and value chain analysis.
Directors for Research Extension and Publication (DREP)

The Director for Research Extension and Publication (DREP) owns the process of technology dissemination, scientific publication, and information exchange.  The director shall perform, among others, the following major duties:

  • Executes the process of dissemination of research technology and knowledge
  • Undertakes activities of publishing, publicising, and distribution of research knowledge and technologies
  • Formulates publication policies of the university and ensure its implementation
  • Follows up plant breeders’ rights, patent rights, copyrights, etc of the university
  • Facilitates research and extension review meetings, workshops, symposia, colloquia, field days, and other platforms
  • Performs any other related activities

 List of selected publications:

  • Roba, K. T., O’Connor, T. P., O’Brien, N. M., Aweke, C. S., Kahsay, Z. A., Chisholm, N., & Lahiff, E. (2019). Seasonal variations in household food insecurity and dietary diversity and their association with maternal and child nutritional status in rural Ethiopia. Food Security, Vol. 11 (3):1-14.
  • Ibsa Aliyi, Muluken Gezahegn and Chanyalew Seyoum. (2019). Contribution of Hot Pepper Production to Household Food Security: The Case of Gursum District, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Food Science and Quality Management. Vol. 86. ISSN 2224-6088, DOI: 10.7176/FSQM.
  • Chanyalew Seyoum Aweke. (2017). Smallholder Agriculture and Household Food and Nutrition Security: A study from East Hararghe, Ethiopia. University College Cork, Ireland.
  • Tessema, Yibekal A., Chanyalew S. Aweke, and Getachew S. Endris. (2013). Understanding the process of adaptation to climate change by small-holder farmers: the case of East Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia.Springer, Agricultural and Food Economics 1 (1): 1-17.
  • Chanyalew Seyoum, Tesfaye Lemma, Ranjan S.Karippai. (2011). Factors Determining the Degree of Commercialization of Smallholder Agriculture: The case of Potato growers in Kombolcha District, East Hararghe, Etshiopia. Journal of Agriculture and Development, JAD 2 (1), PP. 18-36.

Ibsa Aliyi Abdula

MSc. (Masters of Sciences in Crop Sciences)





Contact Details:         

Telephone (Office): +251 255 530058 
Telephone (Mob): +251 911058586  
Fax: +251 255530106
Email Address: aliyi.ibsa@yahoo.com
Skype ID: ibsako1

Research Interest:

Soil Fertility, Weeds, Cropping Systems, Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Climate Change Mitigation, and Biodiversity


Director for Research Facilities Management (DRFM)

The Director for Research Facilities Management (DRFM) owns the process of managing and utilizing material and human resources for research, technology exchange, and publication.  The director shall perform, among others, the following major duties:

  • Manages research stations human power, Materials and facilities.
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and communicates utilization of research facilities among research groups and concerned researchers.
  • Allocates research facilities according to requirements by research groups.
  • Facilitates establishment and expansion of research stations and facilities in partnership with stakeholders through negotiations and common agreements.
  • Follows and executes every administrative issue related to research stations, facilities, and manpower.
  • Make sure that the welfare and proper utilization of resources at the disposal of research and extensions are realized
  • Requests the required equipment and supplies, follows procurement processes, and ensures distribution of procured materials to users.
  • Executes all other issues related to research facilities of the university.