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Research thematic areas for College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Plant Science

  • Field crops
  • Horticultural crops
  • Industrial crops
  • Coffee
  • Spice Crops
  • Medicinal/aromatic plants
  • Bio-energy plants
  • Soil fertility, quality and productivity
  • Plant diseases, pests and weeds
  • Molecular (marker assisted selection) and tissue culture techniques for crop improvement
  • Post harvest handling technology, processing and food analysis for plant/crop products

Natural Resource Management

  • Sedimentation and siltation problem
  • Impact of land use land cover change on water resource development
  • Climate change impact on water resource development
  • Assessment of small scale irrigation development in securing of livelihood food security
  • Assessment of soil and water salinity development in irrigated agriculture
  • Assessment of mineral resource
  • Geological mapping
  • Engineering geological mapping
  • Characterization of minerals
  • Role of forest in mitigation of climate change
  • Role of non-timber forest product in securing livelihood
  • Assessment of endangered species for effective management of biodiversity
  • Agro-forestry system development and food security
  • Afforestation and reforestation for the rehabilitation of degraded land
  • Forest soil assessment and use
  • Participatory forest and natural management    
  • Wildlife protection and management
  • Assessment of wildlife in forest ecosystem
  • Wildlife and its rangeland management
  • Wildlife biodiversity conservation and management
  • Awareness of the community towards soil and water conservation
  • Sustainable natural resources conservation, utilization and management
  • Role of gender in natural resource management
  • Land suitability analysis and land capability classification
  • Integrated watershed management and modeling
  • Environmental pollution control (impact assessment)
  • Impact of surface run off on water quality
  • Solid and liquid waste management
  • Point and non-point source of pollution identification

Agribusiness and Value Chain Management

  • Market failure on processed agricultural products
  • Farmer cooperatives and market strategy
  • Cooperative associations to improve the livelihood of the farmers
  • Marketing strategy and value chain system
  • Farmer’s cooperative associations and value chain systems to the cost of products and to avoid market failure.
  • Empowerment of union and cooperatives to make them effectives to make them effective and efficient in their services.
  • Value chain management to avoid market failure of agricultural products due to overlap of production.
  • Value addition on animal and honey product
  • Mining cooperatives
  • Safe and hygiene production of fish at lake Meki and Zeway
  • Sustainable fish resource harvesting and management
  • Value Chain Analysis and Development of Agricultural Products
  • Agricultural Marketing, Finance , and Value Chain Analysis
  • Rural Entrepreneurship and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development
  • Rural Entrepreneurship and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development
  • Agricultural innovations and Promotion Strategies
  • Globalization, trade, and economic growth nexus
  • Micro Finances and Farmers Livelihood
  • Commercialization of agricultural products through Value Chain Management
  • Rural Financing and Saving Culture
  • Gender role in Value Chain Management
  • Agro industries Business Management and Leadership
  • Accounting and Financial Management of Agricultural Sector
  • Risk Management and Coping Strategies in Agribusiness

Animal Science Department

  • Development and promotion of animal production and products.
  • Animal disease epidemiology and development of animal disease management packages
  • Animal genetic resources improvement, conservation and management
  • Development and evaluation of veterinary therapeutics, diagnostics and biological
  • Liquid nitrogen quality and availability to ensure the attainment of a middle-income status of the farming community in the locations.
  • Animal feeding and nutrition

Food Science and Postharvest Technology

  • Study on postharvest loss minimization technologies on both animal and plant based foods of the research mandate area
  • Study the technologies suitable for processing various types of grain, fruits and vegetables, root and tuber etc.
  • Identification of new and potential food sources of research mandate area   and developing products and evaluating their nutritional role/efficiency and acceptability
  • Identification of protein-energy malnutrition and deficient micronutrients in Arsi zone and the possible strategy for their interventions
  • Evaluation of food safety and quality control system of industries engaged in food processing and working with them to have a systems certified for required standards of industrial working system and food products
  • Utilization of nutrients rich food sources, formulation and fortification of food based on the requirements of special target groups (Athletes, infants and pregnant and lactating mothers) and their performance evaluation
  • Assessment of traditional food processing practices of the region evaluation and development of improved food processing technology packages and products to deliver better food nutrition to the community with the aim to comvate micronutrient deficiency (Vitamin A and D, Fe, I), protein energy malnutrition and to improve dietary fiber consumption habits that comprises the delivery of micronutrients.
  • Processing of different functional foods from plant origin On the value addition and to address the nearby food processing industries challenges on barely, wheat , sorghum, maize generation of information on quality characterizations of the raw materials utilization technologies (malt, extruded and dried foods, baked foods and by product utilization)
  • Identification of deficient nutrients and risk groups and intervention strategies for undernourished (children, mothers, immunity-compromised) individuals and community in research mandate area
  • Evaluation of functionalities of nutrients and anti-nutritional factors of major food sources produced and consumed in research mandate area
  • Identifications of the available constraints in processing and marketing of fish and improving the quality and safety of the processing system in research mandate area
  • Traditional and modern dairy products processing and preservation practices improvement
  • Evaluation of the hygiene and safety of butchers involved selling meat and products in the research mandate area.
  • Identification and characterization of chemical and microbiological food safety problems throughout the food production chains like the overall food retail markets and soliciting methods and technologies to overcome the problems.
  • Study on characterization, treatment, minimization and utilization of food wastes like from food processing industries wastes, household waste
  • Studies on processing technology of raw materials in to nutritious, value added, safe stable, cost effective and cultural acceptable foods and beverage products. And works with cost effective processing and preservation technologies like solar and sun drying fermentation, extrusion, soaking, germination ,malting cooking, roasting