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1. Overview of the Department

Agriculture plays a dominant role in the Ethiopian economy. The country’s agriculture is now showing rapid changes due to the complex environment in which its operations are carried out. Due to the inherent limitations in agricultural produce such as its comparative perishability, seasonal availability, scatteredness over a vast area, and the difficulty to grade and standardize it and, more importantly, due to globalization and competitive environment, agro-industries and other agribusinesses are flourishing in the country. Agribusinesses and value chain have paved vast opportunities in the industries like packaging, supply of raw materials, processed food production, exports and similar fields using modern technology.

The curriculum contains knowledge and learning tasks that enable students to learn the key features of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management and to build the ability to examine the various activities involved in the process that adds value to a product or service of agribusiness firms. It is hoped that agricultural input companies, agro-industries, food processing industries, food marketing, international agricultural trade, agricultural services, rural financial institutions, and development organizations engaged in rural development provide the graduates enjoyable career opportunities.

To fulfil the manpower gap in the sector; Arsi University opened the department of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management. The department can play significant role for the successfulness of the country’s Growth and Transformation Plan which gives room for the transformation of substance agriculture to commercial agriculture via value chain analysis and development. Currently, the undergraduate program is going on and the department accomplishes all prerequisites to start the graduate program in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management in 2016/17 Academic Calendar.

2. Entry Requirements

Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to meet the national higher education enrolment criteria of that year. Students placed to both Agriculture and Business & Economics colleges/faculties by Ministry of Education can join the program. At least 25% of the program placement shall be reserved for female students. Others like re-admission and advance standing shall be treated according to the academic rules and regulations of the University.See more