Abebe Chukalla


Abebe Demissie Chukalla


Water Engineering & Management


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PhD student

Postal address
University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering
Department of Water Engineering & Management
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


Title: Water Footprint Reduction and Associated Cost in Irrigated Crop Production
Period: May 1st, 2013 – 2017

The objective of the research is to explore the scope for reducing the green-blue and grey water footprints of irrigated crop production by a systematic model based assessment of measures, strategies and their cost effectiveness at field and river basin scale for European conditions.

The study feeds into the European Commission-funded project FIGARO (, as part of the Seventh Framework Program that aims to facilitate significant reductions in freshwater, fertilizer and energy use at farm level and develop a management platform for cost-effective precision irrigation and fertigation.


2008-2010: Hydraulic Engineering – Land and Water Development, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands (
2000-2005: Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia (


October 2014 to present: Board member of PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT). Member of SENSE PhD council (SPC)
January 2015 to present: Active member in the Twente Debating Society (TDS)
Follow and contribute to discussions on sustainable water management and developments: Water Footprint, irrigation, hydrology, sustainability, research, effective communication


1st of May, 2013 to present: PhD student, Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
2011 to 2013: Coordinator, Spate Irrigation Network - Ethiopia chapter and MetaMeta GLOWS project, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2006 to 2012: Lecturer/Researcher/ Research and Community Services Coordinator, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia
2005-2006: Technical Engineer of Irrigation and Climate control, NETAFIM Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2005-2006: Technical Engineer of Irrigation and Climate control, NETAFIM Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Peer reviewed Journal

Chukalla, A. D., Krol, M. S., and Hoekstra, A. Y.: Green and blue water footprint reduction in irrigated agriculture: effect of irrigation techniques, irrigation strategies and mulching, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4877-4891, 10.5194/hess-19-4877-2015, 2015.

Abebe Demissie, Abraham Mehari and Schultz Bart. Optimum irrigation and pond operation to move away from exclusively rainfed agriculture: the Boru Dodota Spate Irrigation Scheme, Ethiopia. Irrigation Science Journal, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s00271-012-0390-9.


1.Co-author of a book: Flood-Based Farming for Livelihoods in Ethiopia Lowlands. Status, Potential and Investment Guide. Mehari Haile, A., Chukalla, A.D, Embaye, T.G., Getaneh, A., 2013.

2.MSc thesis: Chukalla D. A. (2010) Use of Flash Floods for Optimising Productivity in Irrigation, case of Boru Dodota Spate Irrigation scheme, Ethiopia, MSc thesis: UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands

3.Teaching materials (handout and ppt) on “Beneficiary use of flood” in Flood and Drought management module of the MSc program in IRBM (Integrated River Basin Management) (2012)

4.Training materials on spate irrigation and recession farming tailored to the water practitioner working in the Woredas level under SNNPR, Ethiopia in March 2012

5.Status of Spate Irrigation at Aba’ala plain, Afar Regional State – Ethiopia

6.Translated document on “Command Area Improvement and Soil Moisture Conservation in Spate Irrigation” to Amharic language

7.Design documents: Diversion weir design for Baso IWR project, Wendo Tika irrigation and drainage works, Hawasa, Ethiopia (2008); Arba Minch University Demonstration Farm and Botanical Garden Design (2006); and contributed to various BSc graduation project works and Arba Minch university water development consultancy reports (2006 to 2012).


  • Supervise thesis work on consumptive and grey water footprint reduction, modelling water and nutrient balances, Marginal Cost Curves for water footpritnt reduction, irrigation, water scarcity for the BSc, Pre masters and MSc students in water engineering and management group, university of Twente (May 2013 to the present)  
  • Taught in the water track of curiousU: summer school fetival in Europe. University of Twente (August, 2015/2016)
  • Expert facilitating E-learning course on Water Footprint Assessment: concept and application (2016)
  • Lectured Irrigation Structures, Water Well Engineering, Irrigation Systems, Open Channel hydraulics and Irrigation Project Design & Operation at Arba Minch University (2006 to 2012)
  • Guest Lecturer on the annual short course “Spate Irrigation and Water Management under Drought and Water Scarcity" in the Netherlands, UNESCO- IHE. On topics: 1- Hydrological processes in ephemeral wadis; 2- Analysis of seasonal spate flow for beneficial use and 3- Design of Hydraulic structures in spate irrigation
  • Training on “Watershed-3R and Spate Irrigation”, Mekelle University, Ethiopia (June 25-29, 2012)
  • Training on GLOWS project at Chiro/West Hararge/ and Adama in 2012, Ethiopia
  • Deliver tailor-made training on spate irrigation and recession farming to the water practitioner working in the Woredas and pastoralist areas under SNNPR, at Arba Minch University (2012)
  • Deliver training on Flood based farming as Part of River Basin Water Management, Adama, Ethiopia (February 7-18,2011)
  • Participated in the Mainstreaming Spate Irrigation in Higher Education workshop, UNESCO-IHE, Delft (20 September – 22 September 2010