Theme V-IISED

 Theme V.  Institutions, Innovation Systems, and Economic Development
Muluken Gezahegn Wordofa
PhD: Local Development and Global Dynamics
Assistant Professor of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension

 

 Contact Address:

Telephone (Mob):+ 251 (0)902590665 (mobile)   +251 255 530403 (office)

E-mail Address: mgw.tud@gmail.commuluken.wordofa@alumni.unitn.it
Skype: mulukencph
Postal Address: Haramaya University, PO BOX 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

  1. Leader, Innovation Systems and Impact Evaluation Sub-Theme (within Theme 5: Institutions, Innovation Systems, and Economic Development), Haramaya University, Ethiopia

    2. Coordinator and Supervisor, Village Stay Camp; Community-based Field Projects, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

    3. Coordinator and Supervisor, Supervised Enterprise Projects (SEPs) – Haramaya University, Ethiopia

    4. Reviewer and Evaluator, Proposals for Haramaya University Research Grant.

    5. Facilitator, MOU between Haramaya University and ISSD-Hawassa University to sponsor Mid-career students at Haramaya University

    6. Facilitator, MOU between STRECAFISH Project and Haramaya University to sponsor MSc students at Haramaya University

    7. Facilitator, Gender-Parthenium Interaction project (leading to an MSc degree)

  1. Sisay Bedeke, Wouter Vanhove, Muluken Gezahegn, Kolandavel Natarajan, and Patrick Van Damme. 2018. Adoption of climate change adaptation strategies by maize-dependent smallholders in Ethiopia. NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2018.09.001

2. Wordofa, M.G., Sassi, M. (2018). Smallholder Farmers’ Participation in Agricultural Training and Demonstration in Ethiopia: Implications for Inclusive Targeting by Agricultural Extension Services. International Journal of Agricultural Science, Research and Technology in Extension and Education Systems, 8(3), 85-90.

3. Sisay B. Bedeke, Wouter Vanhove, Muluken G. Wordofa, Kolandavel Natarajan, and Patrick Van Damme. 2018. Vulnerability to climate change among maize-dependent smallholders in three districts of Ethiopia. Environment, Development and Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-018-0215-y Springer Netherlands. Print ISSN 1387-585X. Online ISSN 1573-2975.

3. Sisay B. Bedeke, Wouter Vanhove, Muluken G. Wordofa, Kolandavel Natarajan, and Patrick Van Damme. 2018. Perception of and response to climate change by maize-dependent smallholders. Climate Research, 75 (3): 261-275. Print ISSN: 0936-577X; Online ISSN: 1616-1572. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01524

4. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2018. Impact of Farmers’ Training Centers on Household Income: Evidence from Propensity Score Matching in Eastern Ethiopia. Social Sciences, 7 (1): 1 – 12. doi:10.3390/socsci7010004

5. Muluken Gezahegn Wordofa, Roberta Raffaelli, and Sandra Notaro. 2018. Smallholder Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Improved Agricultural Advisory Services: Evidence from best-worst choice experiments in eastern Ethiopia.  Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Professional Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension. 29-30 December 2016. EIRA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

6. Abadi, T., Gezahegn, M. and Teklehaimanot, A. 2017. Analysis of Factors Affecting Adoption of Exotic Chicken Breed Production in North Western Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. Int. Journal of Economics, Commerce and Management, 5 (11): 127 – 137.

7. Kihoma, L., Wordofa, M.G. and Mvena, Z.S.K. 2017. The Contribution of Mobile Money Transfer in Marketing Agricultural Products of Women Involved in Agribusiness in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania (paper under review)

8. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2014. ‘Examining Smallholder Farmers’ Intensity of Participation in On-farm Agricultural Advisory Services: a Case Study in Haramaya District, Eastern Ethiopia’. NAF International Working Paper Series Paper No. 14/9. Pavia: Natural Resources, Agricultural Development and Food Security International Research Network (NAF-IRN).

9. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2014. ‘Improving Smallholder Farmers’ Income through Farmer Training Centers: an Impact Evaluation in Haramaya District, Ethiopia’. NAF International Working Paper Series Paper No. 14/7. Pavia: Natural Resources, Agricultural Development and Food Security International Research Network (NAF-IRN).

10. Wordofa, M.G. (2011). Forest Extension Service Delivery: Implications for Participatory Forest Management (PFM). Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller GmbH & Co. KG.

11. Wordofa, M.G. (2011). Forest and Livelihoods in Developing Countries: Towards Sustainable Tropical Forest Management and Conservation. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller GmbH & Co. KG.

  1. Wordofa, M.G. and Akuma, A. 2017. ‘Value-Chain Enhancing Technologies and Practices at Haramaya University. Paper presented at Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) Networking Workshop. 13-15 March 2017. Getfam Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  2. Kifle, D., Yousuf, J., Wordofa, M.G. and Abda, N. 2017. Inventory and Impact Assessment of HU Technologies and Interventions in Eastern Ethiopia. Research project presented at the 34th Annual Research, Extension, and Community Engagement Review Workshop. 6-8 April 2017. Haramaya University, Ethiopia.
  3. Wordofa, M.G., Raffaelli, R. and Notaro, S. 2016. Smallholder Farmers’ WTP for Improved AASs: Evidence from Best-Worst DCEs in Eastern Ethiopia. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Professional Conference of the Ethiopian Society of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension. Theme “Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development”. 29-30 Dec. 2016. Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) Conference Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  4. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2014. Are Farmer Training Centers Improving Smallholder Farmers’ Income? Evidence from an Impact Evaluation in Haramaya District, Ethiopia. Paper presented at the Associazione Italiana per gli Studi Africani/Italian Association for African Studies (ASAI). ASAI Third Conference “Africa on the Move” organised in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Centre for African Studies of the University of Macerata. Macerata, Italy (17-20 Sep. 2014).
  5. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2014. Improving Smallholder Farmers’ Income through Farmer Training Centers: an Impact Evaluation in Haramaya District, Ethiopia. Paper presented at the Società Italiana degli Economisti dello Sviluppo (SITES)/Italian Development Economists Association (IDEAs). SITES-IDEAS First Annual Conference. Florence, Italy (11-12 Sep. 2014).
  6. Wordofa, M.G. and Sassi, M. 2014. Improving Smallholder Farmers’ Income through Farmer Training Centers: an Impact Evaluation in Haramaya District, Ethiopia. Paper presented at the Third Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA) conference “Feeding the Planet and Greening Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities for the Bio-Economy”. Porto Conte Research Center, Alghero (SS), Italy (25-27 June 2014).
  7. Wordofa, M.G. Experience Sharing on Field Data Collection: Impact Evaluation of Farmers’ Training Centers in Haramaya District, Ethiopia. Seminar paper presented at the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Pavia. Pavia, Italy (26 Nov. 2013).
  8. Wordofa, M.G. and Larsen, H.O. 2011. Assessment of Forest Extension Service Delivery in Tanzania: Implications for Participatory Forest Management in Iringa District, Iringa Region. Paper presented at the International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services: Linking Knowledge to Policy and Action for Food and Livelihoods. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). Nairobi, Kenya (15-18 Nov 2011).
  1. Training on Quality Supervision of Postgraduate Research. Organized by Academic Assessment and Quality Assurance Directorate. May 6, 2016, Resource Center of Haramaya University, Ethiopia.
  2. Workshop on participatory and integrated lake Haramaya watershade development workshop (22 Nov 15) at HU
  3. Seminar on Strengthening Research Capabilities by Prof. John B. Kaneene from Michigan State University. 10 June 2015 (HU, Ethiopia)
  4. Conference on Haramaya Lake Integrated Watershade Development. Organized by the Office of the Vice-President for Community Engagement and Enterprise Development. Hidar 8, 2008 E.C. (HU, Ethiopia)
  5. Open Lecture, Food Security and Sustainable Development Goals by Prof. Maria Sassi. Organized by the School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness of HU. 26 Feb. 2016
  6. Scientific Writing Training Workshop. 12-13 July 2011. Haramaya University, Ethiopia
  7. Field Visit to Model Potato Storage Facilities Established by CASCAPE Project and ISSD. Meskerem 11, 2008 E.C. Kombolcha District, Eastern Ethiopia
  8. Annual Farmers’ and Researchers’ Field Days. 15-17 Oct. 2015. HU; Gorogutu, Gurawa, Fedis, and Babile, Eastern Ethiopia
  9. The HU 2009 E.C. Farmers, Researchers and Development Partners/Stakeholders Field Day. Tikmt 3/2009 E.C. HU Main Campus
  10. Field Day Organized by HU in Collaboration with the Integrated Haramaya Lake Watershed Development Project. 11 Feb. 2017. Damota and Tinike rural Kebeles of Haramaya District
  11. Consultative Forum on Need Assessment of Cross Border Higher Education and Draft Financial Package of Domestic Non-Regular Programs. 20-21 Jan. 2017. Haramaya University, Ethiopia
  12. Annual Farmers’ and Researchers’ Field Day. 15-17 Oct. 2015. Haramaya University and Gorogutu District
  13. Handing Over Ceremony of Diffused Light Potato Storage (Organized by CASCAPE and ISSD Projects of Haramaya University. Mesk. 14/2008 E.C. Egu Kebele, Kombolcha District
  14. Staff Training on Quality Supervision of Postgraduate Research. Organized by the Academic Assessment and Quality Assurance Directorate and the Postgraduate Program Directorate. 06-May-16. Haramaya University
  15. Annual Stakeholders’ Workshop of the Integrated Seed System Development (ISSD) Oromia East Unit. Tik.16/2008 E.C. Haramaya University
  16. Annual Stakeholders’ Workshop of the Integrated Seed System Development (ISSD) Oromia East Unit. Hidar 24/2009 E.C. Jarso Woreda (Gara-Abdula) and Haramaya Woreda (Tuji Gebissa and Melka Buba)
  17. Discussion on Haramaya Lake Watershed Development Project. Organized by the Office of the Vice-President for Community Engagement and Enterprise Development. Hidar 12/2008 E.C. Haramaya University

About The Theme

Lack of relevant knowledge, technologies, and innovations as well as poor dissemination and adoption of existing ones are a major constraint to development in Ethiopia. This is basically attributed to inefficiencies in taking research results to socio-economic outcomes. Other studies have identified ‘knowledge gap’ which is due to failure to produce the requisite critical number of skilled innovators and capacity development for technology and knowledge generation and dissemination.

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