Dr. Getachew Abate Kassa
Senior Research Staff

Building:Institutional building II (4106)
E-mail: getachew.abate[at]tum.de


  • Ph.D. Institute of Horticultural Economics, University of Hanover, Germany
  • M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia
  • B Sc. Agricultural Economics (Great Distinction), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Research areas

  • Innovation, product development and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Value chains in agri-food and bioeconomy sectors
  • Sustainable food systems; supply chains; institutional markets
  • Food security; organic agriculture
  • Regional economic development and management

Teaching activities

  • Coordinating the Master's program in Life Science Economics and Policy
  • Regional development and management (in German)
  • Management and analysis of value chains in the agri-food sector (in German)
  • Organization of food systems (in German)
  • Entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector (in German)
  • Business management and leadership (in German with other teaching staff)
  • Economics and management of organic agriculture (in German with other teaching staff)
  • Reading seminar (different topics)

Professional memberships and external activities

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
  • International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA)
  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)
  • Agribusiness Economics & Management Section AAEA


  • Getachew Abate and Peterson, C. 2011. Market Access for Local Food through the Conventional Food Supply. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14:1, 63-82.
  • Conner, D., Abate Kassa, Peterson, Hamm. 2010. Prospects for More Healthful, Local and Sustainably-Produced Food in School Meals. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 5:4, 416 – 433.
  • Getachew Abate. 2008. Local food economies: Driving forces, challenges and future prospects. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 3(4): 384-399.
  • Bitsch, V., Getachew Abate, S.B. Harsh and A.W. Mugera. 2006. Human resource management risks: Sources and control strategies based on dairy farmer focus groups. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 38(1): 123-136.
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