About the Departement

Brief overview
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension has mainly four BSc regular programs, namely, Agricultural Economics, Rural development and Agricultural Extension, Agribusiness & value chain management, and Agricultural Extension and one MScr program in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management. In addition to the regular programs the department run distance program in Agricultural Economics, summer and weekend MSc program in Agribusiness and value chain management.  

The Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension aims to be a leading in Agricultural economics, business, and extension; and rural development education, research and community service, and become nationally recognized for the quality of education and research. 

To provide training that promote critical thinking, analytical skills and enhance decision making abilities of our students to become productive and innovative citizens through Community Based Education (CBE). Our staff will engage in research to create and disseminate new knowledge, maintain high professional standards, and actively serve the University and Community.

The department’s major objective is to offer courses to all students of agriculture in these four major areas; undertake researches in socio-economics, agribusiness, value chains, rural livelihoods, food security, gender etc and render service to the community in cooperation with all other departments.
The specific objectives include:
  • To produce Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Rural development and Agricultural Extension professionals equipped with the knowledge and ability to enhance commercialization of agricultural development, improve rural livelihoods and transform extension systems of the country. 
  • To undertake research in line with the university and country development program,
  • To undertake development and extension programs,
  • To offer consultancy services for various organizations and provide community services.
Admission criteria:
  • Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to meet the national higher education enrollment criteria of that year
  • Others like re-admission advance standing and the like shall be treated according to the academic rules and regulations of Jimma University
 Service offered
  • Providing short term and long term on demand, on location training
  • Conducting Demand Driven research for agribusiness firms, industries, GOs and NGOs.
  • Offering Consultancy services for various organizations
  • Staff initiated research activities
  • Software training (SPSS, STATA)
  • Weekend, summer and distance mode of course offering
External Links  
Currently we have link with:
1. Nich Agribuz project (Q-point)
2. SAFE (Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education )

Community: We are offering on spot community services via CBFP

Research partners:    
1. Nich Agribuz project funding MSc students research
Governmental organizations: 
  • We have collaborations with regional bureau of agriculture (Gambella, Oromia etc)
Research: list of thematic areas and descriptions    
  • Socio-economic studies
  • Value chain analysis and development
  • Gender analysis
  • Rural innovation
  • Technology dissemination and adoption studies
  • Rural livelihoods and food security
  • Investment and enterprise feasibility studies
  • Technical efficiency, firm profitability studies
  • Climate change and adaptation studies
  • Market assessments etc