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

Vision

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

Mission

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

Values

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

Vice-President for Research Affairs

Associate Professor, PhD in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension

Telephone (Office): +251 255 53 03 29
Telephone (Mob): +251 932 178 954
Email Address: t.lemma41@yahoo.com
Skype ID: tesfaye.lemma41
Postal address: P.O.Box 103, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Fax: +251 255 53 01 06 (Research Office)

  • Participatory Action Research for Enhanced Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation in eastern Ethiopia and Somali Region (Secured NOK 989, 000 (Birr 3, 259,990) from Development Fund of Norway as a research grant)
  • Diversity of Aspergillus Species and Aflatoxin Contamination along Maize and Groundnut Value Chains in Eastern and Southern Africa- Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia (responsible for implementing socio-economic component of the research in Ethiopia)- African Union Council Research Grant

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:

  • Addisu Bezabeh, Fekadu Beyene, Jema Haji and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera (2020).  Impact of contract farming on income of smallholder barley farmers in Arsi and West Arsi zones of Oromia Region, Ethiopia,  Cogent Food & Agriculture, 6: 1834662 .  doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2020.1763647 
  • Ademe  Mihiretu, Eric Ndemo Okoyo & Tesfaye Lemma Tefera (2020).  Small holder farmers’ perception and response mechanisms to climate change: Lesson from Tekeze lowland goat and sorghum livelihood zone, Ethiopia, Cogent Food & Agriculture, 6:1, 1763647.  doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2020.1763647
  • Wesage Berhane, Jema Haji, Belaineh Legesse and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera (2019). Smallholder farmers’ innovativeness and its determinants in Eastern Hararghe, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics Vol. XXIII, Issue 1, 2020: 13-21. doi: 10.15414/raae.2020.23.01.13-21 
  • Ademe Mihiretu, Erick Ndemo Okoyo and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2019. Determinants of adaptation choices to climate change in agro-pastoral dry lands of Northeastern Amhara, Ethiopia. Cogent Environmental Science (2019), 5: 1636548. doi.org/10.1080/23311843.2019.1636548 
  • Doyo Kena Doyo,  Erick Ndemo Okoyo and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2018.   Livelihood diversification strategies among the Borana pastoral households of  Yabello District, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Vol.10 (10), pp. 211-221, October 2018. doi 10.5897/JAERD2018.0960.
  • Hagos Kidane, Tesfaye Lemma Tefera and Girmay Tesfay. 2018. Determinants of smallholder farmers’ participation in seed producing cooperatives in Southern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Vol.10(4), pp. 75-83, April 2018. doi 10.5897/JAERD2017.0868.
  • Abebe Shiferaw, Bereket Dindamo, Tesfaye Lemma Teferaand Dirk Hoekstra. 2016. Agricultural service delivery: strengthening private crop protection service in southern Ethiopia, Development in Practice, 26:8, 1072-1082, doi 10.1080/09614524.2016.1225670.
  • Yishak Gecho, Gezahegn Ayele, Tesfaye Lemma Tefera and Dawit Alemu. 2014.Livelihood strategies and food security of rural households in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia. Developing Country Studies 4(14):115-122.doi 10.11648/j.ss.20140303.15
  • Yishak Gecho, Gezahegn Ayele, Tesfaye Lemma Tefera and Dawit Alemu. 2014. Rural households livelihood strategies: Options and determinants. Social Sciences Volume 3, Issue 3, June 2014, Pages: 92-104 
  • Moti Jaleta, Berhanu Gebremedhin, Azage Tegegne, Samson Jemaneh, Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, and Hoekstra, D. 2013. Evolution of input supply and service hubs in dairy development  at Ada’a milk shed in Ethiopia. 2013. Development in Practice 23(2): 249-263.
  • Adam Bekele, Belay Kassa, Belaineh Legesse and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2010. Effects of crop commercial orientation on productivity of smallholder farmers in drought-prone areas of the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Journal of Rural Development 33(4): 1- 24.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2009. Supply response, local reality, and livelihood sustainability: The policy dilemma of khat (Catha edulis) production in eastern Ethiopia. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 7(3):176–188.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Sylvian Perret and J.F. Kirsten. 2005. Diversity in livelihoods and farmers’ strategies in the Hararghe highlands, eastern Ethiopia, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 2(2):133-146.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, J.F. Kirsten and Sylvain Perret. 2004.  Incentives, farmers’ response, and a policy dilemma: A case study on expansion of khat production as a cash crop in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia. Journal of Ethiopian Development Studies 1(2). Center for African Development Policy Research, Western Michigan University (USA), Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Chanyalew Seyoum, Tesfaye Lemma Tefera and Ranjan S. Karippa. 2011. Factors determining the degree of commercialization of smallholder agriculture: the case of potato growers in Kombolcha district, eastern Ethiopia. Journal of Agriculture and Development, JAD 2 (1) 2011.

Book chapters:

  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera and Daniel Start (2010). Market incentives, rural livelihoods, and a policy dilemma: Expansion of khat production in eastern Ethiopia. In: Gebissa, E (ed.) pp. 167-186. ‘Taking the place of food: Khat in Ethiopia’. The Red Sea Press, Inc: Trenton, New Jersey (USA) and Asmara.

Published working papers:

  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Azage Tegegne and Hoekstra D. 2012. Capacity for knowledge-based smallholder agriculture in Ethiopia: Linking graduate programs to market-oriented agricultural development: Challenges, opportunities and IPMS experience. IPMS (Improving Productivity and Market Access) of Ethiopian Farmers Project Working Paper 29, Nairobi, Kenya, International Livestock Research Institute.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Puskur R, Hoekstra D. and Azage Tegegne. 2010.  Commercializing dairy and forage systems in Ethiopia: An innovation systems perspective. IPMS (Improving Productivity and Market Access) of Ethiopian Farmers Project Working Paper 17, Nairobi, Kenya, International Livestock Research Institute.

Selected Papers published in conference proceedings:

  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Azage Tegegne, Puskur R. and Hoekstra D. 2009. Moving Ethiopian smallholder dairy along a sustainable commercialization path: Missing links in the innovation systems. In: Merga Bekana et al (ed.) pp. 118-142. Proceedings of the National Symposium on Smallholder Dairy Production in Central highlands of Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia: Challenges and future prospects. Sida/SAREC Project, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University, August 16-17, 2008, Adama, Ethiopía.
  • Anteneh Girma and Tesfaye Lemma tefera. 2009. Animal health services delivery system in Debrezeit Milkshed: Implications for public-private roles in service delivery in Ethiopia. Proceedings of 23rd Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Veterinarian Association, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 22-23, 2009: 37-56.
  • Anteneh Girma, Ranjitha Puskur and Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2009. Towards pluralistic livestock service delivery system for the commercialization of smallholder livestock agriculture in Ethiopia: Evidence from smallholder dairying in Debrezeit milkshed. IN: Dessie, T. (ed.). 2009. Commercialization of livestock agriculture in Ethiopia. Proceedings of the 16th Annual conference of the Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8-10 October 2008. Part I: Plenary Session. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: ESAP: 81-97.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Puskur R, and Hoekstra D  (2008) Exploring innovation capacity in Ethiopian dairy systems. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge and Innovation for Advancing Agriculture in Developing Countries. IFPRI, Addis Ababa, April 7–9, 2008. pp. 7–9. Nairobi: ILRI.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera. 2007. Towards responsive extension service: cases for re-engineering public agricultural extension service in Ethiopia. In CIDA-UPCD Sustainable Rural and Agriculture Development Project Preliminary Conference Proceedings on Inoovation and Extension pp16-30  February 24th, 2007, Hawassa University.

Papers on experience/ lessons (available on www.ipms-ethiopia.org):

  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Ermias Sehai and Hoekstra, D. 2011. Status and capacity of Farmer Training Centers (FTCs) in the IPMS Pilot Learning Woredas. Improving Productivity and Market Success of Ethiopian Farmers Project (IPMS) – International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Tesfaye Lemma Tefera, Ermias Sehai and Hoekstra, D. 2011. Knowledge Centers in the IPMS Pilot Learning Woradas: Utilization, relevance and effectiveness. Improving Productivity and Market Success of EthiopianFarmers Project (IPMS) – International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tesfaye Lemma Tefera (PhD)

Director for Research Extension and Publication (DREP)

Director for Research Facilities Management (DRFM)

Assistant Professor, PhD in Rural Development

Telephone (Office): +251 255 53 03 29
Telephone (Mob): +251 911 818 712
Email Address: acseyoum@gmail.com/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)

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

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.
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Assistant Professor PhD in Analytical Chemistry 

Telephone (Office): +251 25 553 0394
Telephone (Mob)
: +251 91 221 3485

Email Address: gado430@yahoo.com

Synthesis and self-assembly of  plasmonic nanoparticles; Nanomaterials-based sensors and assays;  SERS-based methods and green chemistry

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:

  • Deribachew Bekana, Rui Liu, Shasha Li, Jingfu Liu, 2019. Fabrication of nanoporous silver film by dealloying Ag/α-Fe2O3 nanocomposite for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 286, 94-100.
  • Shasha Li, Rui Liu, Deribachew Bekana, Yujuan Lai, Jingfu Liu, 2018. Self-assembly of supramolecular nanotubes/microtubes from 3, 5-dimethyl-4-iodopyrazole for plasmonic nanoparticle organization, Nanoscale 10 (44), 20804-20812.
  • Deribachew Bekana, Rui Liu, Shasha Li, Y Lai, Jingfu Liu, 2018. Facile fabrication of silver nanoparticle decorated α-Fe2O3 nanoflakes as ultrasensitive surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates, Analytica Chimica Acta 1006, 74-82.
  • Rui Liu, H Chen, L Fang, C Xu, Z He, Y Lai, H Zhao, Deribachew Bekana, Jingfu Liu, 2018. Au@Pd Bimetallic Nanocatalyst for Carbon–Halogen Bond Cleavage: An Old Story with New Insight into How the Activity of Pd is Influenced by Au. Environmental Science & Technology 52 (7), 4244-4255.
  • Rui Liu, Hao Zhao, X Zhao, Z He, Yujuan Lai, Wanyu Shan, Deribachew Bekana, G Li, Jingfu Liu, 2018. Defect Sites in Ultrathin Pd Nanowires Facilitate the Highly Efficient Electrochemical Hydrodechlorination of Pollutants by H*ads. Environmental Science & Technology 52 (17), 9992-10002.
  • Meseret Amde, Jingfu Liu, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Deribachew Bekana, 2017. Transformation and bioavailability of metal oxide nanoparticles in aquatic and terrestrial environments. A review. Environmental Pollution, 230, 250-267.
  • Deribachew Bekana, Rui Liu, Meseret Amde, Jingfu Liu, 2017. Use of polycrystalline ice for assembly of large area Au nanoparticle superstructures as SERS substrates. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (1), 513-520.
  • Meseret Amde, Jingfu Liu, Zhi-Qiang Tan, Deribachew Bekana, 2016. Ionic liquid-based zinc oxide nanofluid for vortex assisted liquid liquid microextraction of inorganic mercury in environmental waters prior to cold vapor atomic fluorescence, Talanta 149, 341-346
  • Deribachew Bekana, Meseret Amde, Nigussie-Dechassa R, Abi M Taddese, 2015. Selected heavy metals in some vegetables produced through wastewater irrigation and their toxicological implications in Eastern Ethiopia. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 15 (3), 10013-10032.
  • Deribachew Bekana, Tesfahun Kebede, Mulugeta Assefa, Hailemariam Kassa, 2014. Comparative Phytochemical Analyses of Resins of Boswellia Species (B. papyrifera (Del.) Hochst., B. neglecta S. Moore, and B. rivae Engl.) from Northwestern. ISRN Analytical Chemistry, 374678, 1-9.

MSc. (Masters of Sciences in
Crop Sciences)

Telephone (Office): +251 255 530058 
Telephone (Mob): +251 911 058 586  
Email Address: aliyi.ibsa@yahoo.com
Skype ID: ibsako1
Postal address: P.O.Box 103, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Fax: +251 255 53 01 06 (Research Office)

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

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.
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