Bikila Abdisa Geleta


Research Cluster


Prof. Dr. Jema Haji, Haramaya University

Prof. Dr. Andreas Thiel, University of Kassel

PhD Project Title

Trends and Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment, Its effects on GDP, Export Performance, and implications on Regional Trade Agreement in Ethiopia.


The agricultural sector in Ethiopia is in the transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture. Agriculture commercialization refers to the progressive shift from household production for consumption to market-oriented patterns of production and input use. A shift from subsistence-oriented production to market-oriented agricultural production is essential to meet the food needs of a rapidly growing population. Participation of smallholder farmers into local and regional markets requires identification of the market demands and developing products with suitable characteristics to meet market requirements. Enabling small-scale farmers to access the expanding local and regional markets is one of the critical challenges facing policymakers of developing countries. This study will assess the determinants and impact of demand-led commercialization of smallholder farming systems on households' food security and farm income in Western Ethiopia. The objective of the study is to identify the impact of Demand Led Commercialization of Smallholder Farming System on Households Food security and Farm Income, specifically to identify determinants of Demand Led Commercialization of Smallholder Farming System, to identify the level of farmers participation in Demand Led Commercialization and to evaluate the impact of demand-led agricultural commercialization on food security and annual farm income of participating households. Both primary and secondary data will be used for the study. Descriptive statistics and econometric models will be employed for data analysis. Tobit regression model will be employed to identify the determinants of the level of farmers' participation in demand-led agricultural commercialization. Propensity score matching (PSM) econometric model will be used to evaluate the impact of Demand Led agricultural commercialization on food security and household farm income Therefore, this study will fill the knowledge gap related to the impact of demand-led agricultural commercialization and the results of this study are expected to significantly contribute to policymakers in designing policies that enhance food security and livelihood of rural communities suffering from vicious cycles of poverty.

Educational Background

  • 2017- 2020: Master of Science Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics in Specialization Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Haramaya University
  • 2014 -2016: Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness and Value Chain Management, Haramaya University

Professional Experience

  • July 31, 2018 – Now: Lecturer at Haramaya University
  • December 9, 2016 – October 31, 2017: Graduate Trainee in Cooperative Bank of Oromia