Debella Deressa Bayissa

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Rural development
Department of Agricultural Economics
Ghent University
Coupure Links 653
Office A1.
9000 Ghent, Belgium


Debella Deressa Bayissa received a MSc in Development and Rural Innovation from Wageningen University in 2012, in which his research focused on factors affecting the linkages between researchers and farmers in Ethiopia from an agricultural innovation perspective. Moreover, his thesis focused on investigating how the local NGOs strengthen community participation in development interventions in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. He now works as a doctoral researcher investigating the need for institutional innovation in irrigated farming in Ethiopia to improve the livelihood of farmers. Prior to his academic journey, he worked as a technical assistant, lecturer and assistant professor at Ambo University, Ethiopia.



Debella’s doctoral research focuses on the need for institutional innovation in irrigated farming that aims at creating suitable institutional environments for Ethiopian farmers engaged in irrigated agriculture to improve their livelihood outcomes. He specifically focuses on why farmers who have access to irrigation water are unable to improve their livelihood outcomes, on drivers of institutional innovation, and on the forces that constrain institutional innovation in irrigated farming in Oromia National Regional State of Ethiopia.

Publications / Research Identifiers


  • Institutional innovation

  • Rural innovation

  • Irrigated farming
  • Livelihood outcomes

  • Agricultural innovation perspective