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ü  Background Information
The Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension (RDAE) was launched in 2010/11 Academic Year (2003 E.C.) and is one of the pioneer Departments in College of Agriculture and Rural Transformation (former Faculty of Agriculture), University of Gondar (UoG). The department was established having four academic staff and 51 undergraduate students in one program (B.Sc degree in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension) and undertaking different problem solving research and community service projects. Currently, it has two programs including one graduate program (M.Sc. in Rural Transformation and Innovation System Management) and 17 academic staff and more than 151 regular graduate and undergraduate students.  The fact that the department is multidisciplinary in its nature, the composition of the staff is from different field of specialty.
 
Along with producing competent professionals, the Department is aimed to meet the following objectives:

  • To produce qualified and competent graduates in the field of Rural Development and Agricultural  Extension; and Rural Transformation and Innovation System Management  with the required skills, knowledge and attitudes
  • To facilitate, promote and disseminate  appropriate agricultural  technologies
  • To give community based services in area of rural livelihoods, food security, welfare of rural community
  • To facilitate pro-poor, gender sensitive and ecologically sound agricultural and rural development

 
Mission and Vision of the Department
Department of RDAE hares the mission and vision of the College of Agriculture and Rural Transformation of the University of Gondar and has the following mission and vision:
Mission of the Department:
Contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the country by producing vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens through societal needs tailored curricula; conducting problem solving research; and strengthening community engagement, and technology transfer.
Vision of the Department:

  • To be the leading societal problem-solving Department in the Country by 2020.

Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension has the following programs:
1. Undergraduate Program:

S/N      Program  Name Start time Admission Duration of Study Number of Modules Total ECTS* Entry requirements
 
1
B.Sc. in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension  
2010
Regular 3 15 180 As per  Ethiopian higher education entry point
Extension 4 15 180
Summer 5 15 180

* European Credit Transfer System
2. Graduate Program

S/N      Program  Name Start time Admission Duration of Study Number of Modules Minimum  ECTS* Entry requirements
 
1
M.Sc. in Rural Transformation and Innovation System Management  
2015
Regular 2 4 124 B.Sc. degree in related fields and passing entry exam
Extension 3 4 124
Summer 4 4 124

* European Credit Transfer System
Research: Since the inception of the department, different research projects on different issues have been undertaken. The following are some of the research works done and have been performed by the staff member of the department.
 

S.N  Year Research Project/Title Study Areas Status Funded by
1 2015/16 Challenges and Prospects of Agricultural Extension System in Sustainable Agricultural Development in Amhara Region, The case of North Gondar Zone North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia New UoG
2 2014/15 Assessment of members participation in Dairy cooperatives union the case of Jantekel dairy cooperatives union Gondar Town, North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
3 2014/15 The determinants for rural households internal migration in North Gondar Zone North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
4 2013/14 The roles and prospects of Alatish National Park for sustainability of livelihoods and environment North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
5 2013/14 Adoption of Dairy Production technologies in Gondar town, North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
6 2012/13 The dynsmics of livelihood strategies in response to land in Quara district, North west Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
7 2012/13 The status of household food insecurity and its determinants, the case of North Gondar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
8 2012/13 Analysis of Determinants influencing adoption of Malt-Barley technology, the case of North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
9 2012/13 Assessment of expost training effectiveness in Ethiopia; the case of North Gondar North Gondar Zone Completed External
10 2011/12 Determinants of oxen fattening and marketing cooperatives: the case of North Gondar Zone, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
11 2011/12 Training needs assessment in higher education and research institutions of Amhara Region, Ethiopia for the improvement of their rural transformation competencies Amhara Region Completed TRANSACT Project
12 2011/12 Rural land certification and changes in tree planting practices in North Gondar North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
13 2011/12 The role of rural land certification in empowering women North Gondar Zone Completed External
14 2011/12 Conflict over land ownership in North Gondar N/Gondar Zone Completed External
15 2010/11 Factors affecting adoption of modern beehives technology the case of North Gondar Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
16 2010/11 Stakeholders integration in agricultural research and extension services, the case of North Gondar Zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia North Gondar Zone Completed UoG

Community Services and Technology Transfer
Based on research outputs and felt needs of the target community, academic staff member of department f RDAE, have engaged in community services and technology transfer works. The following are some of the works in the area of community services and knowledge and technology transfer.
1.      Community Service

 Year Project Title Project  Areas Status Funded by
2015/16 Livelihood Beyond Migration: Entrepreneurship for Alternative livelihood options: For Rural Youths’ of Dabat Woreda North Gondar Zone New UoG
2015/16 Members awareness towards Cooperative proclamation, Directives, Rural and regulations for better cooperative development North Gondar Zone New  
2014/15  Empowering the rural youth through Entrepreneurship training Tseda, Gondar Zuriya Woreda, North Gondar Zone Completed UoG
2014/15  Participatory Natural Resource Conservation for better livelihood Quara, North Gondar Zone Completed UoG

2.      Technology Transfer

Year Project Title Project  Areas Status Funded by
2015/16     New UoG
2013/14 Technology Village Establishment at Gondar Zuriya Woreda, North Gondar Zone North Gondar Zone Completed UoG

 

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about our work please contact:

Name:
Birhanu M
Job Title
Head, Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension
Tel (office):
+251-910709785
Email:
birhanum@gmail.com