Andy Catley

Andy CatleyResearch Director and Associate Professor
Research Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition
Clinical Associate Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Working with Feinstein Since: 2000

Andy Catley directs Feinstein’s Policy and Process Research Program. He leads national and regional programs that combine evidence-based analysis with the facilitation of policy reform and improved programming. He is the Principal Investigator on the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy project in Ethiopia, and the Karamoja Resilience Support Unit in Uganda. His current interests focus on processes of rural transformation and related policy and programming options, especially in areas affected by recurrent humanitarian crises. From 2006 to 2015, Andy also led Feinstein’s support to the global Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS), and chaired the LEGS Steering Committee during this period. LEGS is a companion module to the Sphere Handbook.

Andy’s previous work at Tufts includes work the African Union and African regional organizations to develop new policies on pastoralist areas development and food security, notably the AU Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa. In 2005, Andy opened the Tufts University Africa Regional Office in Ethiopia, and directed the office until 2011. As a veterinarian and epidemiologist, Andy also worked extensively on livestock and veterinary issues in Africa, including the validation of participatory epidemiology in disease investigation and surveillance in resource-poor areas. He lived and worked in Somaliland, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya for 17 years.

Andy holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of London, a master’s degree in tropical veterinary science from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, also from the University of Edinburgh. He was made a European Specialist in Population Medicine in 2005, and is a de facto Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health.

Research Interests:
  • Rural transformation, especially in areas affected by recurrent humanitarian crises.
  • Evidence-based approaches in difficult operational contexts.
Regional Focus:

Greater Horn of Africa

East Africa

Most Cited Books and Articles:

Catley, A., J. Lind, and I. Scoones. Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Barasa, M., A. Catley, D. Machuchu, H. Laqua, E. Puot, D. Tap Kot and D. Ikiror. “Foot-and-mouth disease vaccination in South Sudan: benefit-cost analysis and livelihoods impact.” Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 55, (2008). 339-351.

Abebe, D., A. Cullis, A. Catley, Y. Aklilu, G. Mekonnen and Y. Ghebrechirstos. “Livelihoods impact and benefit-cost estimation of a commercial de-stocking relief intervention in Moyale district, southern Ethiopia.” Disasters 32, 2 (2008). 167-189.

Catley, A., S. Okoth, J. Osman, T. Fison, Z. Njiru, J. Mwangi, B.A. Jones, T.J. and Leyland. “Participatory diagnosis of a chronic wasting disease in cattle in southern Sudan.” Preventive Veterinary Medicine 51, 3-4 (2001). 161-181.

Catley, A. and T. Leyland. “Community participation and the delivery of veterinary services in Africa.” Preventive Veterinary Medicine 49, (2001). 95-113.

Most Recent External Publications:

Catley, A., J. Lind and I. Scoones.”The futures of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa: pathways of growth and change.” Office international des epizooties revue scientifique et technique 35, 2 (2016). 389-403.

Catley, A. “Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.” In Livestock-Related Interventions During Emergencies – The How To Do It Manual, edited by Ankers, P., Bishop, S., Mack, S. and Dietze, K. FAO Animal Production and Health Manual No. 18. Rome: 2016.

Catley, A., B. Admassu, G. Bekele and D. Abebe. “Livestock mortality in pastoralist herds in Ethiopia during drought and implications for drought response.” Disasters 38, 3 (2014). 500-516.

Catley, A. and A. Cullis. “Money to Burn? Comparing the costs and benefits of drought responses in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (2012).

Catley, A., R.G. Alders and J.L.N. Wood. “Participatory epidemiology: approaches, methods, experiences.” The Veterinary Journal 191, (2012). 151-160.

News Items

Feinstein team held a workshop on bridging the gap between research and practice with FAO in Rome
November 29, 2018

A Feinstein team including Helen Young, Andy Catley, Elizabeth Stites, and Anastasia Marshak held a one day workshop with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in…

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Karamoja Resilience Support Unit conducted training on pastoralism and policy options in East Africa
March 29, 2018

The Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU) partnered with International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to conduct a five day (19-23rd March 2018) training of trainers’ (TOT) course on Pastoralism…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts Project

From 2005 to 2017, we developed a wide-ranging research portfolio on livelihoods systems under stress throughout the Greater Horn of Africa and beyond. This project synthesizes key themes of that research.

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Karamoja Resilience Support Unit (KRSU)

KRSU is a four-year project of USAID/Uganda aimed at increasing resilience and economic development in the Karamoja Region of northeast Uganda.

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Feinstein Publications

The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation, and Policy Project: Five Year Report
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By Andy Catley, Berhanu Admassu | January 2019

The USAID/Ethiopia Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy (AKLDP) project, as part of the Feed the Future (FTF) portfolio in Ethiopia, was tasked with helping USAID, its Implementing Partners (IPs),…

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Pathways to Resilience in Pastoralist Areas: A Synthesis of Research in the Horn of Africa
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By Andy Catley | December 2017

This synthesis paper reviews Feinstein’s research and focuses on the increasing socioeconomic differentiation in selected pastoralist areas, and the implications in terms of pathways to resilience.

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