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….. 

Nega Assefa Kassa (PhD)
Associate Professor of Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, College of Health and Medical Sciences, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
PhD in Public Health: Maternal and Child Health focus
PhD research title: Pregnancy rate and Outcomes in Rural Eastern Ethiopia: Fetal and Neonatal Survival


Contact Details:  

Telephone (Office): +251-255-530406
Telephone (Mob): +251-915-321136
Email Address:  negaassefa@yahoo.com 
P.o.Box: 1494 Harar, Ethiopia

Research Interest

Maternal and Child Health and Reproductive Health. Child and Neonatal health, Child Growth and Development, Maternal and Child Morbidity, Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes, Postpartum Infection; Family Planning; Contraception; Low Birth and Preterm Births; and Fertility. I am also keen to research on nutrition, diets, and food systems among women and children. Feeding habits, food composition, nutritional status of pregnant women and child survival. 

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
  1. Positions Served
  2. 2002-2004: Head of HIV/AIDS unit of Haramaya University (Alemaya University)
  3. 2002-2004: Assistant dean of students, Haramaya University (Alemaya University), Faculty of Public Health, July 2002-August 2004
  4. 2007-2008: Coordinator of postgraduate program for the College of Health Sciences, Haramaya University
  5. 2007-Now: Site lead for Kersa Demographic Surveillance and Health Research Center) (Kersa HDSS): September 2006-now. I have initiated, established, and lead the research center. This research center is the first of its kind in eastern Ethiopia (http://www.haramaya.edu.et/research/projects/kds-hrc/). It is generates health and demographic data. The center is an INDPTH member site (http://www.indepth-network.org).
  6. 2009-2012: Executive Director Harar Campus (Now college of Health and Medical Sciences), Haramaya University: I have been responsible for the overall activities in Harar Campus (both academic and administrative activities) for the college of Health and Medical Sciences and a teaching hospital.
  7. April 2014-Now: Director for Research and Partnerships for Haramaya University (HU): Leads the research activities of the University. Creation of partnerships nationally and internationally. I am facilitating institutional partnerships in the aspects of research endeavor of Haramaya University.

Most Recent Published Articles

  1. Dheresa M, Assefa N, Berhane Y, Worku A, Mingiste B, et al. (2017) Gynecological Morbidity among Women in Reproductive Age: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Women’s Health Care 6: 367. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000367
  2. Rashid Abdi Guled, Nikmazlan Bin Mamat, Tefera Balachew, Wan Azdie Mohamed and NegaAssefa. (2017). Predictors And Prevalence of Anemia among Children Aged 6 to 59 Months in Shebelle Zone, Somali Region, Eastern Ethiopia: A Cross Sectional Study. International Journal of Development Research Vol. 07, Issue 01, Pp.11189-11196.
  3. Rashid A. Guled, Nik M. Mamat, Wan A. Bakar, NegaAssefa, Tefera Balachew. (2016) Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Mothers/caregivers on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Shabelle Zone, Somali Region, Eastern Ethiopia: A Cross Sectional Study. Revelation and Science Vol. 06, No. 02 (1438H/2016) 42-54
  4. Binyam N Desta, NegaAssefa, Tesfaye D Damte, Lemessa O Hordofa. (2016).Neonatal Mortality and its risk factors in Eastern Ethiopia: A Prospective Cohort Study in Kersa Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Kersa HDSS); Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health – 2016, Volume 13, Number 4. DOI:10.2427/11938
  5. Geda B, Berhane Y, Assefa N, Worku A (2016) School Enrollment among Children with Disability in Rural Eastern Ethiopia: A Community-Based Survey. Common Disorder Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 4: 167. doi:10.4172/2375-4427.1000167
  6. Alemayehu T, Worku A, Assefa N. Medical Waste Collectors in Eastern Ethiopia are Exposed to High Sharp Injury and Blood and Body Fluids Contamination. PrevInfCntrl. 2016, 2:2
  7. Atnafe, M., Nega A. Tadesse, A. Long-acting family planning method switching among revisit clients of public health facilities in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Contraception and Reproductive Medicine (2016) 1:18. dio 10.1186/s40834-016-0028-z
  8. A H Mokdad. Et.al. Health in times of uncertainty in the eastern Mediterranean region, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the. Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet Global Health. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30168-1. doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30184-X
  9. Alemayehu T, Worku A, Assefa N. Sharp injury and exposure to blood and body fluids among health care workers in health care centers of eastern Ethiopia. Int J Occup Environ Med 2016; 7:172-180.
  10. Teshome O., Nega A., Yadeta D. Female genital mutilation among mothers and daughters in Harar, eastern Ethiopia. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics., 2016. Elsevier Inc http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.06.017
  11. Musa, A. Assefa, N., Weldegebreal, F., Mitiku, H., Teklemariam, Z. Factor associated with experience of modern contraceptive use before pregnancy among women who gave birth in Kersa HDSS, Ethiopia. BMC Public Health. (2016) 16:614. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3292-6
  12. Assefa, N., Lakew, Y., Belay, B., Kedir, H., Zelalem, D., Baraki, N., Damena, M., Oljira, L., Ashenafi, W. and Dedefo, M. Neonatal mortality and causes of death in Kersa Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Kersa HDSS), Ethiopia, 2008–2013. Maternal Health, Neonatology, and Perinatology (2016) 2:7 DOI 10.1186/s40748-016-0035-8
  13. Dedefo M, Zelalem D, Eskinder B, Assefa N, Ashenafi W, Baraki N, et al. (2016) Causes of Death among Children Aged 5 to 14 Years Old from 2008 to 2013 in Kersa Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Kersa HDSS), Ethiopia. PLoSONE 11(6): e0151929. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0151929
  14. Assefa, N. and Semahegn, A. Fertility is below replacement in Harar Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Harar HDSS), Harar town, Eastern Ethiopia. Fertility Research and Practice (2016) 2:10. DOI 10.1186/s40738-016-0023-8
  15. Geda B, Berhane Y, Assefa N, Worku A. (2016) In Rural Eastern Ethiopia Hearing Loss Is the Most Frequent Disability during Childhood: A Community Based Survey. PLoSONE 11(5): e0152791. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152791

Mengistu Ketema Aredo (PhD)
Associate Professor
PhD in Agricultural Economics



Contact Details:

Telephone (Office): +251 255 53 03 29
Telephone (Mob): +251 969 141750
Email Address: mengistuket@gmail.com or mengistuket@yahoo.com
Skype ID: mengistuketema
Postal address: P.O.Box 48, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Fax: +251 255 53 01 06 (Research Office)

Research Interest: Production economics and agricultural systems analysis, environmental and resource economics, impact assessment studies, marketing and price analysis, value chain analysis, and economics of climate change.
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:

  1. NegussieZeray, BelainehLegesse, Jema Haji, and Mengistu Ketema (2017) Impacts of Prosopisjuliflora invasion on livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral households of Dire Dawa Administration, Ethiopia. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 7 (7): 1-14.
  2. MengistuKetema and DegefuKebede (2017) Adoption Intensity of Inorganic Fertilizers in Maize Production: Empirical Evidence from Smallholder Farmers in Eastern Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Science, 9 (5): 124-132.
  3. DegefuKebede, MengistuKetema, NigussieDechassa, FeyisaHundessa (2017) Determinants of Adoption of Wheat Production Technology Packages by Smallholder Farmers: Evidences from Eastern Ethiopia. Turkish Journal of Agriculture – Food Science and Technology, 5(3): 267-274.
  4. MengistuKetema, DegefuKebede, NigussieDechassa, FeyisaHundessa (2016) Determinants of Adoption of Potato Production Technology Package by Smallholder Farmers: Evidences from Eastern Ethiopia. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 19 (2): 61–68.
  5. MengistuKetema, Mohammed Aman, EyassuSeifu, TarekegnGetachew, EstifanosHawaz, and YonasHailu (2016) The Dairy Value Chain and Factors Affecting Choice of Milk Channels in Harar And Dire Dawa Areas, Eastern Ethiopia. Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 19 (2): 10-18.
  6. Mengistu Ketema and Belay Kassa (2016) Impact of Technology on Smallholder Wheat Production in Bale Highlands of Ethiopia: Application of Output Decomposition Model. Turkish Journal of Agriculture – Food Science and Technology, 4(6): 446-454.
  7. GetahunWoldemariam, AseffaSeyoum, and Mengistu Ketema (2016) Residents’ willingness to pay for improved liquid waste treatment in urban Ethiopia: results of choice experiment in Addis Ababa. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59 (1) 163-181.
  8. Degye Goshu and Mengistu Ketema (2014) The Dynamics of Food Supply and Undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa. East African Journal of Sciences. 8(1): 47 – 58.
  9. Shiferaw Solomon and Mengistu Ketema (2015) Impact of Irrigation Technologies on Rural Households’ Poverty Status: The Case of Fogera District, North-Western Ethiopia.Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics 7 (1): 59-67.
  10. Haile Deressa, NigussieDechassa, MengistuKetema, and TamiruAmanu (2013) Farmer Participatory Evaluation of Agronomic Performances of Bread Wheat Varieties in the Highlands of Eastern Ethiopia. East African Journal of Sciences, Vol. 7 (2): 121-128.
  11. Yalfal Temesgen, AyalnehBogale, and Mengistu Ketema (2013) Determinates of Degraded Forest Rehabilitation: Ordered Probit Analysis for SkekelaMaraim Forest, Western Ethiopia. International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics. Vol. 31(4): 41-53
  12. Tibebe Eshete, MengistuKetema, Belay Kassa (2013) Economic Impact of Support Service Program on Micro and Small Enterprises: The Case of Dire Dawa Administration, Ethiopia. Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics 5(1): 21-29.
  13. GutuTesso, BezabihEmana, Mengistu Ketema (2012) A time series analysis of climate variability and its impact on food production in North Shewa Zone, Ethiopia. African Crop Science Journal, 20, Issue Supplement s2, pp. 261 – 274.
  14. Mengistu Ketema and Siegfried Bauer (2012) Factors Affecting Intercropping and Conservation Tillage Practices in Eastern Ethiopia. Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics 4 (1): 21-29.
  15. Mengistu Ketema and Siegfried Bauer (2011) Determinants of manure and fertilizer applications in Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 50 (3): 237-251.

Admkew Haile Mengesha

MBA (Masters of Business Administration)





Contact Details:         

Telephone (Office): +251 255 530058 
Telephone (Mob): +251 961658661/921674931 
Fax: +251 255530106
Email Address: yadeniadmkew@gmail.com/alemadmkew@yahoo.com
Skype ID: admkewhaile

Research Interest: Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Change Management and Marketing.

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.

Research Publications:

  1. Admkew Haile (2017). Leadership Styles at Haramaya University and Implications for Corporate Success. East African Journal of Sciences (2017)  Volume 11 (1) 51-58
  1. Admkew Haile (2015): Impact of leadership approaches on employee motivation: An empirical investigation in Haramaya University (AshEse Journal of Business Management Vol. 1(3), pp. 028-038, August, 2015
  2. Admkew Haile (2015): Effects of marketing competency of frontline employees on customer satisfaction: A study on commercial bank of Ethiopia (AshEse Journal of Business Management Vol. 1(4), pp. 028-038, August, 2015