Haramaya University Agriculture

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Haramaya University Agriculture

Haramaya University Agriculture

Haramaya University College Of Agriculture

Haramaya University College of Agriculture, the then Alemaya College of Agriculture, was established in 1954. The first eleven graduates completed their studies in the summer of 1957, and were granted BSc degrees in general agriculture at a convocation ceremony held at Alemaya Campus, in January 1958. In fact, Emperor H/Selassie I inaugurated Alemaya campus in the same month, January 1958.

The Alemaya College of Agriculture functioned as a chartered member of the Addis Ababa University until May 27, 1985 when it was upgraded to a full-fledged University of Agriculture. Then, after three decades of rich experience, Alemaya University of Agriculture was further upgraded to a multi-disciplinary University in 1996, and it was renamed as Alemaya University (AU) in 1996 and Haramaya University (HU) in 2006. As a result, the College of Agriculture resumed functioning as one College of the Haramaya University. Recently, as result of reorganization of programs, departments, schools and colleges in the university, the College has been named as College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.


2. Haramaya University College Of Agriculture – Vision

The vision of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is to be a center of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management and Environmental studies in Ethiopia and beyond through efficient utilization of available resources.

3. Haramaya University College Of Agriculture -Mission

The mission of the College is to produce highly qualified professionals in agriculture, natural resources management and environmental sciences through rigorous theoretical and practical education and to develop and disseminate problem solving agricultural production technologies through conducting demand-driven research in Ethiopia.

4. Haramaya University College Of Agriculture Academic Programs

The original curriculum of the college catered for producing graduates in BSc in general agriculture; however, the quest for keeping up with the training needs of the country led to the development of new programs of study, such as Animal Science (1960), Plant Science (1960), Agricultural Engineering (1961), Agricultural Economics (1962), and Agricultural Education (1967), and diploma in Home Economics (1967). Then, a BSc program in Agricultural Extension was started in 1994 which was later renamed as Rural Development and Agricultural Extension.

Currently, the college is running more than 10, 25 and 12 BSc, MSc and PhD programs respectively under five Schools after the reorganization of departments. In addition to the regular programs, most of the BSc and MSc programs are also offered under the regular-in service, Bega, summer, continuing, and distance education programs.

The first MSc programs in fields of Agriculture were started in 1978/79 at the then Alemaya College of Agriculture. In 1985, Alemaya University of Agriculture established its own School of Graduate Studies, and the University was the only higher institution in Ethiopia that has been offering MSc training in the fields of agriculture. Then, in addition to the M.Sc program, the College of Agriculture and environmental sciences has launched Ph.D. programs in various fields of agriculture  namely Agronomy/Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Economics, Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding  since 2002. The college graduated the first three of its PhD students in 2007 in the areas of Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology after which many others in others fields like Soil Sciences, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Animal Genetics and Breeding, Animal Nutrition and horticulture also successfully completed their studies. The five Schools and their academic program are outlined below:

4.1. School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

School Head: Dr. Lemma Zemedu

E-Mail: zemedul@yahoo.com 

Office Telephone:+251255530384

 Haramaya University College Of Agriculture – Academic Programs:

4.1.1. Undergraduate

–          Agricultural Economics, BSc R,S,C,D, MSc R,S,C, PhD

–          Agribusiness Management, BSc R,S

–          Agribusiness and Value Chain Management, BScR

4.1.2. Postgraduate

–          Agricultural Economics, MSc R,S,C, PhD

–          Agriculture and Food Marketing, MSc

–          Agribusiness and Value chain Management, MSc R

–          Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, MSc C

4.2. School of Animal and Range Sciences

School Head: Dr. Mitiku Eshetu

E-Mail: eshetumit@yahoo.com

Office Telephone: +251255530374

Academic Programs:


–          Animal Sciences, BSc R,S, Upgrading

–          Range Management and Ecotourism (RMET), BSc R

4.2.2. Postgraduate:

–          Rang Ecology and Management, MSc R,S

–          Animal Nutrition, MSc R,S, PhD

–          Dairy Science, MSc

–          Animal Genetics and Breeding R,S, MSc, PhD

–          Tropical Animal Production, PhD

–          Animal Production,  MSc R,S.

–          Dairy Technology, MSc, PhD, (NEW) R

4.3. School of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences

School Head: Dr. Kibebew Kibret

Email: kibebewkibrett@gmail.com

Office Telephone: +251255530041

Academic Programs:

4.3.1. Undergraduate

–          Natural Resources Management, BSc R,S,D, Upgrading

–          Environmental Sciences, BSc

4.3.2. Postgraduate

–          Soil Sciences, MSc R,S, PhD

–          Irrigation Agronomy, MSc

–          Agro-forestry, MSc (New)

–          Agrometeorology and Natural Risk Management,MSc(New)

–          Environmental Sciences and Management, MSc, R(New)

4.4. School of Plant Sciences

School Head: Mr. Habtamu Bekele


Office Telephone: +251255530396

Academic Programs:

4.4.1. Undergraduate

–          Plant Sciences, BSc R,S, upgrading

4.4.2. Postgraduate

–          Agronomy/Physiology, MSc R,S, PhD

–          Seed Sciences and Technology, MSc

–          Plant Breeding, MSc R,S, PhD

–          Plant Pathology, MSc R,S, PhD

–          Agricultural Entomology, MSc, PhD

–          Weed Sciences R,S, MSc

–          Integrated Pest Management R,S, MSc

–          Horticulture, MSc R,S, PhD

Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension

Department Head:  Dr.Jemal Yousuf

Email: jemaly2001@yahoo.com 

Office telephone: +251255530403


 Haramaya University College Of Agriculture – Academic Programs:


4.5.1. Undergraduate

–          Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, BSc R,S,C,D, Mid career


4.5.2. Postgraduate

–          Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, MSc R,S

–          Rural Development, MSc R,S

–          Agricultural Innovations and Communications MSc R,S

–          Agricultural Information and Communications Management (AICM), MSc

–          Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, PhD with two streams:

o   Knowledge Management and Capacity Development

o   Commercialization and Rural Institutions

 5. Academic Staff Profile (updated on 29 Jan, 2014)

School/Department M F M F M F M F
School of Animal and Range Sciences 7 0 3 0 15 1 12
School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness 1 0 0 0 18 4 7 1
 School of Plant Sciences 10 1 6 1 18 2 22
Rural Development and Agr. Extension 1 4 0 0 10 2 3
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences 3 0 4 2 17 0 8 1
      Staff  currently on duty                                                 Total  (19F + 163M =182):16 Expat. PhD included 22 5 13 3 76 9 52 2

6. Research and Community Engagement


In addition to supervision of graduate research, and as one of the mandates of the University, the staffs of the college are undertaking various research activities that are recently grouped under HU Research Thematic areas. Most of the research activities are in the areas of:

  • Socio-Economics,
  • Natural Resources and Environment
    • Soil, Water, and Environment
    • Forestry,

Plant Production and Health

  • Fruits and Vegetable,
  • Oil Crops,
  • Grain crops (Wheat, Maize , Sorghum, Highland and Lowland Pulses)
  • Root and Tuber Crops,
  • Plant protection
  • Forage and pasture
  • Plant nutrition

Animal Production and Health

  • Beef Cattle,
  • Camel,
  • Dairy Cattle,
  • Small Ruminants
  • Poultry
  • Animal Health,
  • Feeds and Nutrition, and
  • Fisheries and other Aquatic Lives

Community Engagement:

The staff members of the college are engaged in various community activities including but not limited to providing trainings to farmers and development workers, on-farm demonstrations of improved technologies working with the community through students’ research projects and provision of certain technologies/packages

7. Student Profile

Currently, more than 1450 BSc, 500 MSc and 200 PhD students are registered in the regular programs of the College. These figures do not include the number of students in the summer, CEP and distance education programs.

8. Partnerships:

The college is working in partnerships with already existing local and international partners and working hard to form new partnerships with other sister institutions.

9. Future Plans

In its efforts to continue its expansion in training, research and community engagement activities to meet the national goals, the college is planning to open various new programs like BSc in Plant Biotechnology, PhD in Range Ecology and others with more emphasis to Graduate programs and research in its future endeavors.

Deans’ Office, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Haramaya University College Of Agriculture Address:

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

P.O.Box 138

Dire Dawa


Tel. +251255530051/53

Fax: +251255530052/325

Website:  www.haramaya.edu.et