Dr. Taddesse Berisso

Dr. Taddesse Berisso

Associate professor

Papers/Publications: Journal Articles

  • The Oromoo Gadaa System: Why Considered Democratic? In Gadaa Journal. Vol.1, No. 1, 2018. Jimma University.
  • Linley Chiwona-Karltun, Mulugeta Lemenih, Motuma Tolera, Taddesse Berisso and Erik Karltun, 2009. “Soil Fertility and Crop Theft: Changing Rural Dimensions and Cropping Patterns” in Seasonality Revisited: 8-10 July, 2009 Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Erik Karltun, Kristina Roing de Nowina, Linley Chiwona-Karltun, Mulugeta Lemenih, Motuma Tolera, Taddesse Berisso (eds.) “Working with Farmers and Local Institutions to Improve Soil Quality in Sub-Saharan Africa” In Currents 43, January 2008, pp.7-11.
  • The Pride of the Guji-Oromo: An Essay on Culture Contact and Self-esteem” Journal of Oromo Studies. XI, July 2004
  • “The Riddles of Number Nine in the Guji-Oromo Culture.” Journal of Ethiopian Studies. XXXIII, No. 1 Dec. 2000 PP.49-66.
  • “Deforestation and Environmental Degradation in Ethiopia: A Case Study of Jam Jam Province” Northeast African Studies. Vol. 2 No. 2 1995, East Lansing, Michigan 139 – 155.

Book Chapters:

  • “Changing Alliances of Guji-Oromo and their Neighbors: State Policies and Local Factors.” In Gunther Schlee and Elizabeth Watson (eds.) Changing Identifications and Alliances in North-Eastern Africa. 1: Ethiopia and Kenya (2009). Pp. 191- 199, Berghahn Books Ltd.
  • “The Pride of the Guji-Oromo: An Essay on Cultural Contact and Self-esteem” In Ivo Strecker and Jean Lydall (eds.) The Perils of Face: Essays on Cultural Contacts, Respect and Self-esteem in Southern Ethiopia. Mainzer Beitrage Zur Afrika-Forschung. 2006, Band 10, PP. 207-224.
  • “Pastoral Development Interventions and Poverty: A Case Study of Yabello Woreda of Southern Ethiopia.” In Kassahun Berhanu and Demessie Fantaye (eds.) Ethiopia: Rural Development Policies, Trends, Changes and Continuities. Department of Political Science and International Relations, Addis Ababa University, 2006, PP. 89-105.
  • “Culture, Gender, Governance, Indigenous Knowledge, Institutions and Extension” Part IV, Chapter 10. In Evaluation of the Ethiopian Agricultural Extension with Particular Emphasis on the Participatory Demonstration and Training Extension System (PADETES) Ethiopian Economic Association/ Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, March 2006, Addis Ababa.
  • “Planning Resettlement in Ethiopia: The Experience of the Guji-Oromo of the Nech Sar National Park” In Alula Pankhurst and Francois Piguet (eds.) People, Space and the State: Migration, Resettlement and Displacement in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, July 2004. Pp. 433- 446,
  • “Modernist Dreams and Human Suffering: Villagization among the Guji Oromo.” In Wendy James, Donald Donham, Eisei Kurimoto and Alessandro Triulzi (eds.) Remapping Ethiopia: Socialism and After. 2002, James Currey Ltd. pp. 116-132.

Conference/proceeding Papers (Published)    

  • Warfare among the Guji-Oromo of Southern Ethiopia.” In Bahru, Pankhurst and Tadesse (eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Vol. II, 1994, Addis Ababa, PP 309 – 323.
  • “Socio-cultural and Environmental Impacts of Mengistu’s Villagization Program on Guji-Oromo of Southern Ethiopia.” In Fukui, Kurimoto and Shigeta (eds.) Ethiopian in Broader Perspective: Papers of the XIIIth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Vol. II, 1997. Kyoto, Japan. 299 – 313.
  • “Agricultural Development and Food Security in Ethiopia: Policy Constraints.” Tegegne G/Egziabher et. al. (eds.) Aspects of Development Issues in Ethiopia; Proceedings of a Workshop on the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Institute of Development Research, Nov. 26 – 28, 1998. Addis Ababa 1999, PP. 227 – 234.
  • “Traditional Outdoor Games in Ethiopia: The Case of Ganna, Tigil and Korbo.” In Morita Yuzo (ed.) The Third International Conference on Traditional Field plays and Games. Tokyo, Japan 1999. PP. 1 – 12.

Conference/Proceeding Papers (unpublished)

  • “Impacts of the Productive Safety Net Program in Pastoral/agro-pastoral areas: A Case Study of Guji Zone of Oromia National Regional State.” A paper presented to the IES Annual Conference, June, 2016, Addis Ababa. (submitted for publication)
  • “Risks and Opportunities of Land Alienation and Land Use Changes: A Case Study of Borana-Oromo Pastoral Land in Ethiopia” A Paper Presented to the 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. 2015, Warsaw, Poland.
  • “The Status of Older People in Guji-Oromo Culture” A Paper Presented to the IES Annual Conference, 2014, Addis Ababa. (Submitted for Journal Publication).
  • “Land Use and Administration Related Conflicts and Institutions of Conflict Management among the Pastoral Borana-Oromo of Southern Ethiopia” A Paper Presented to the 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. November 2-6, 2009. Akaki Campus, AAU, Ethiopia.
  • “Effects of Livelihood changes on Soil Fertility in Beseku and Possible Roles of Local Institutions in Addressing Adverse Trends” Paper presented in National Workshop on Participatory Plant Nutrient Management – Reversing the Negative Trend in Soil Fertility in Ethiopia. 6-8, August 2007, Wondo Genet, Ethiopia
  • “A Traveling Model of Conflict Management in Southern Ethiopia: Case Study of the Guji-Oromo” A Paper presented to African Studies Association 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting. October 18-21, 2007, New York, NY.
  • “Impacts of New Religiosity on Inter-Generational Relations: A Case Study of the Guji-Oromo of Southern Ethiopia.” A paper presented in Workshop New Religiosity and Inter-Generational Conflict in Northeast Africa, April 26-28, 2006. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.
  • “The Human/Social Dimensions of Protected Areas in Ethiopia: A Case Study of the Nach Sar National Park.” A paper presented in “Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Human Transformed Landscapes in Ethiopia” Workshop 3-5 October 2006, Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.          
  • “Dispute settlement under the Traditional Guji-Oromo Judicial Structure” A paper presented in the 14th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies held in Addis Ababa between 6 and 11 November, 2000.
  • “Inter-cultural Collaboration in Ethiopia through Voluntary Associations” A paper presented in the 6th Academic Conference of Orbis Aethiopicus in Frankfurt from 27th – 29th October 2000.


Bezabih Emana, Taddesse Berisso, Desalegn Chemeda and Girma Senbeta, 2008. Impacts of Oxfam America Water Projects in Ethiopia, October 2008, Addis Ababa.