List of Ethiopian Academic Journals

Appear active (alphabetical)

Bahir Dar Journal of Education (Bahir Dar University)

Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (Chemical Society of Ethiopia)

Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research)

Ethiopian Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology (Jimma University)

Ethiopian Journal of Economics (Addis Ababa University)

Ethiopian Journal of Education and Sciences (Jimma University)

Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management (Bahir Dar University)

Ethiopian Journal of Health Development (Addis Ababa University)

Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences (Jimma University)

Ethiopian Journal of Science and Technology (Bahir Dar University)

Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities (Addis Ababa University) – Not Open Access

Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Journal (Addis Ababa University)

Ethiopian Renaissance Journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities (University of Gondar)

Ethiopian Veterinary Journal (Ethiopian Veterinary Assn)

Momona Ethiopian Journal of Science (Mekelle University)

Appear inactive or inconsistent (alphabetical)

Abyssinia Journal of Business and Social Sciences (Wollo University) – Newly launched

Abyssinia Journal of Science and Technology (Wollo University) – Newly launched

Debre Markos University Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Debre Markos University) – 1 issue

East African Journal of Science (Haramaya University) – Last issue 2011

Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences (Addis Ababa University) – Last issue was 2015

Ethiopian Journal of Business and Economics (Addis Ababa University) – Last 2015

Ethiopian Journal of Development Research (Addis Ababa University) – 3 issues in last six years

Ethiopian Journal of Education (Addis Ababa University) – Last 2015

Ethiopian Journal of Health and Biomedical Science (University of Gondar) – Last issue 2010

Ethiopian Journal of Higher Education (Addis Ababa University) – Last 2007

Ethiopian Journal of Language, Culture and Communication (Bahir Dar University) – 1 issue

Ethiopian Journal of Sciences and Sustainable Development (Adama University) – Only one issue

Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences and Language Studies (Jimma University) – Only three issues

IER FLAMBEAU (Addis Ababa University) – Last 2009

International Journal of Ethiopian Legal Studies (University of Gondar) – One issue, in 2016

ITYOPIS Northeast African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (Mekelle University) – Last issue 2011

Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences (Bahir Dar University) – 2 issues

Journal of Law (Bahir Dar University) – Issues do not appear online

Journal of Science and Development (Hawassa University) – Last issue 2014

Omo International Journal of Sciences (Arba Minch University) - Newly launched

SINET Ethiopian Journal of Science (Addis Ababa University) – Last issue was 2014

Star Journal (Wollega University) – Last issue was 2015

Please email me with corrections, updates, recommendations and missed journals.

Note: I have excluded journals with no issues.

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Doctoral Dissertation: Strengthening Food Security in Rural Ethiopia

Cochrane, L. 2017. Strengthening Food Security in Rural Ethiopia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of British Columbia. 

Abstract: Food insecurity in rural areas of southern Ethiopia is widespread; in recent years over half of all communities in this region have been reliant upon emergency support. However, food security status varies significantly from year to year, as the region experiences variations in rainfall patterns. Research is required to better understand how food security can be strengthened. To do so, this research was driven by three research questions. First, what makes smallholder farmers in southern Ethiopia vulnerable to food insecurity. Second, according to the literature, the adoption of programs and services is low, and thus a community-based assessment was undertaken to understand why. The third question reflected on the methodology – a participatory, co-produced approach, evaluating whether this form of engaged research enabled positive change. The findings suggest that vulnerability to food insecurity differs by scale. At the community level, access to irrigation infrastructure strengthened food security, and was the most transformative difference between the communities. Within communities, food security distribution was complex and few generalizations can be made. The participatory processes identified that research often makes invisible the purposeful and insightful choices farmers make. When surveyed, they are asked to provide generalizations about input use, crop choice and practices, when in reality each crop, input and practice varies. Similarly, some commonly used measures of vulnerability can also be expressions of security; aggregated averages obfuscate localized inequality. For some programs and services, adoption was found to be quite high – it was only when all services were analyzed as a package that adoption was low. However, not all programs and services served the food insecure households, and the reasons for this are explored in detail. The participatory, co-produced approach enabled unique research questions and metrics and added significant value to the research process, which may also enable long-term positive change to programs and services.

Full text is available for download here.

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New Publication: Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Ethiopia

Cochrane, L. and Gecho, Y. (2016) The Dynamics of Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Southern Ethiopia (p. 139-148). In Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience, edited by M. Companion and M. Chaiken. CRC Press: Boca Raton.


  • ​Agriculture accounts for more than 40% of the Ethiopian economy, 85% of all employment, and is driven primarily by rural smallholders. Those living in rural areas face a range of short-term, seasonal, annual, and long-term vulnerabilities. This chapter analyzes the range of dynamic, and sometimes unpredictable, challenges in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia. We explore how individuals proactively manage vulnerabilities and seek means to enhance their adaptive capacity. These findings demonstrate that smallholders are engaging in change, highlighting the important role of their agency in understanding vulnerability and resilience.

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New Publication: Debt & Rural Development (Ethiopia)

Cochrane, L. and Thornton, A. (2017) A Socio-Cultural Analysis of Smallholder Borrowing and Debt in Southern Ethiopia. Journal of Rural Studies 49: 69-77.


  • This paper combines qualitative and quantitative research methods in an exploratory study of borrowing and debt in rural southern Ethiopia in order to understand the complexities of the rural finance system and frequency of borrowing and debt in rural, smallholder settings. By comparing geospatial location in relation to access to infrastructure, markets and services within a single agroecological setting, we explore the ways in which these factors influence the frequency of borrowing, sources, amounts and interest rates involved, as well as the duration and extent of borrowing and debt. We find great variation amongst the communities studied, highlighting the importance of the localized nature of borrowing and debt and identify barriers and opportunities that will support the (re)adjusting of policies and programs that would enable smallholder households to overcome cycles of borrowing and debt, and build assets.
The full article is gated. But available here. Abstract and further publication details available via the link above. If you would like a copy of the article, send me an email.
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