Dr. Gumataw Abebe

Assistant Professor


Dr. Gumataw Abebe CV [PDF-294KB]

Email: gm591736@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
Department of Business & Social Sciences
Agricultural Campus
PO Box 550
Truro, NS, B2N 5E3

Research Topics:
  • Food value (supply) chains
  • Food safety management systems
  • Economics of sustainability practices in food supply (value) chains
  • Producer/cooperative organizations

Dr. Abebe holds a PhD (in Agribusiness Management) from Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, in 2013, and a Master of Business Administration from Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), Germany, in 2007, B.A in Accounting and Diploma in Agriculture from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, he worked at Hawassa University (Ethiopia) and American University of Beirut (Lebanon) for several years.  His research focuses on exploring the efficiency and effectiveness of agrifood supply (value) chains in responding to food safety, food quality, and food security challenges.


  • MGTA 1002 – Food Supply Chain Management
  • MGTA 3001 – International Marketing
  • MGTA 3010 – Agribusiness Value Chain Management

Research Interests

  • Governance Mechanisms in Agri-Food Value Chains
  • Recent Trends in Short-Food Value Chains
  • Adoption of Sustainable Practices in Food Systems
  • Consumer Food Choices and Decision-Making


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Abebe, G. K., Charlebois, S., & Music, J. (2023). The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian restaurant operations and the likelihood of pivoting off-dining options post-COVID-19. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 21, 100917. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trip.2023.100917

Osman, A. A., & Abebe, G. K. (2023). Rural Displacement and Its Implications on Livelihoods and Food Insecurity: The Case of Inter-Riverine Communities in Somalia. Agriculture13(7), 1444. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13071444 (*Corresponding Author)

Balcom, R., Abebe, G. K*., Yiridoe, E. K., & Hartt, C. M. (2023). Sustainable production and distribution practices in Atlantic Canadian short food supply chains: Explorative study. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 7:1121006 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2023.1121006) (*Corresponding Author)

Bahati, Ibrahim, Martiniello, G,  Abebe G. K (2022). The implications of sugarcane contract farming on land rights, labour, and food security in the Bunyoro sub-region, Uganda. Land Use Policy, 122, 106326  (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106326)

Abban, R, Abebe G.K. (2022). Exploring digitalization and sustainable practices in African agribusinesses and food supply chains: A literature review. Int. J. Food System Dynamics 13 (4), 470-474. (https://dx.doi.org/10.18461/ijfsd.v13i4.D7)

Melissa, M., Abebe, G.K.*, Hartt, C.M., & Yiridoe, E.K. (2022). Consumer Perceptions about the Value of Short Food Supply Chains during COVID-19: Atlantic Canada Perspective. Sustainability 14, no. 13: 8216.( https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138216) (*Corresponding Author)

Mukahhal, W., Abebe G. K*., Bahn, R. A, & Martiniello, G. (2022). Historical Construction of Local Food System Transformations in Lebanon: Implications for the Local Food System. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 6, 870412. (https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.870412) (*Corresponding Author)

Mukahhal, W., Abebe, G. K*., & Bahn, R. A. (2022). Opportunities and Challenges for Lebanese Horticultural Producers Linked to Corporate Buyers. Agriculture, 12(5), 578. (https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture12050578 (*Corresponding Author)

Abebe, G. K., Charlebois, S., & Music, J. (2022). Canadian Consumers’ Dining Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Channel Decisions in the Foodservice Industry. Sustainability, 14(9), 4893. (https://doi.org/10.3390/su14094893)

Abebe, G. K., Traboulsi, A., & Aoun, M. (2022). Performance of organic farming in developing countries: a case of organic tomato value chain in Lebanon. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-10. (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170521000478)

Jeffer, S.B.; Kassem, I.I.; Kharroubi, S.A.; Abebe, G.K.* ‘Analysis of Food Safety Management Systems in the Beef Meat Processing and Distribution Chain in Uganda.’ (2021). Foods, 10, 2244. (https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10102244) (*Corresponding Author)

Akafari, A., Abebe, G. K.*, Martiniello, G., Chaaban, J., & Chalak, A. (2021). ‘Land appropriation, customary tenure and rural livelihoods: gold mining in Ghana’. Third World Quarterly (https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2021.1965871). (*Corresponding Author)

Al Dirani, A., Abebe, G. K.*, Bahn, R.A., Martiniello, G., & Bashour, I. (2021). 'Exploring climate change adaptation practices and household food security in the Middle Eastern context: A case of small family farms in central Bekaa, Lebanon'. Food Security 13, 1029–1047 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-021-01188-2)  (*Corresponding Author)

Abebe, G. K., & Gebremariam, T. A.  (2021). ‘Challenges for Entrepreneurship Development in Rural Economies: The Case of Micro and Small-Scale Enterprises in Ethiopia’. Small Enterprise Research (2021): 1-21. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13215906.2021.1878385)

Abebe, G. K. (2020). 'Effects of institutional pressures on the governance of food safety in emerging food supply chains: A case of Lebanese food processors.’  Agriculture and Human Values, 37(4),  1125-1138. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10071-3)

Abebe, G. K., Bahn, R. A., Chalak, A. & Yehya, A. (2020). ‘Drivers for the implementation of market-based food safety management systems: Evidence from Lebanon.’ Food Science & Nutrition, 8 (2):1082-1092 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fsn3.1394).

Bahn, R.A., & Abebe, G.K. (2020). A Descriptive Analysis of Food Retailing in Lebanon: Evidence from a Cross-Sectional Survey of Food Retailers. In: Aktas E., Bourlakis M. (eds) Food Supply Chains in Cities. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.    (DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34065-0_10)

Bahn , R.A., & Abebe, G.K.(2019). Food retail expansion patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa: Institutional and regional perspectives. Agribusiness 36.3 (2020): 453-481 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21634(Corresponding Author)

Adela, F. A., Aurbacher, J., & Abebe, G. K. (2019). Small-scale irrigation scheme governance-poverty nexus: evidence from Ethiopia. Food Security, 11(4), 897-913. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s12571-019-00953-8)

Bahn, R. A., & Abebe, G. K. (2017). Analysis of food retail patterns in urban, peri-urban and rural settings: A case study from Lebanon. Applied Geography, 87, 28-44. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.07.010) (Corresponding Author)

Chalak, A., Irani, A., Chaaban, J., Bashour, I., Seyfert, K., Smoot, K., & Abebe, G. K. (2017). Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Conservation Agriculture: New Evidence from Lebanon. Environmental management 60, no. 4 (2017): 693-704.). (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-017-0904-6(Corresponding Author)

Royer, A., Bijman, J., & Abebe, G. K. (2017). Cooperatives, partnerships and the challenges of quality upgrading: A case study from Ethiopia. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 5 (1), 48-55. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcom.2017.04.001)

Abebe, G.K., Chalak, A., Abiad, M.G., 2017. The effect of governance mechanisms on food safety in the supply chain: Evidence from the Lebanese dairy sector. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture97 (9), 2908-2918. (DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.8128)

Abebe, G.K., Bijman, J., Royer, A., 2016. Are middlemen facilitators or barriers to improve smallholders' welfare in rural economies? Empirical evidence from Ethiopia. Journal of Rural Studies 43, 203-213. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.004)

Abebe, G.K., Bijman, J., Pascucci, S., Omta, O., 2013. Adoption of improved potato varieties in Ethiopia: the role of agricultural knowledge and innovation system and smallholder farmers’ quality assessment. Agricultural Systems 122, 22-32. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2013.07.008)

Abebe, G.K., Bijman, J., Kemp, R., Omta, O., Tsegaye, A., 2013. Contract farming configuration: Smallholders’ preferences for contract design attributes. Food Policy 40, 14-24. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2013.01.002)

Book Chapters

Abebe, G. K., & Kassem, I. I. (2018). Food Safety Regulations and Enforcement in Ethiopia. Reference Module in Food Science, Elsevier, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22593-6

Abebe, G.K., Bijman, J., Pascucci, S., Omta, S.W.F., Tsegaye, A., 2016. Diverging quality preferences along the supply chain: implications for variety choice by potato growers in Ethiopia. In: Bijman, J., Bitzer, V. (Eds.), Quality and innovation in food chains. Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 119-140. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-825-4_6)