Berhanu Admassu

Berhanu AdmassuSenior Researcher

Berhanu Admassu is an expert on livestock policy reforms related to poverty reduction. His work is focused in the pastoral regions of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya, where he develops community-based programs with pastoralist communities to ensure effective primary animal health care delivery and surveillance systems. His extensive experience working directly with marginalized African communities, particularly in pastoralist areas, enables him to link realities at the community level to the concerns and objectives of policy makers.

Berhanu has many years of experience working with non-governmental agencies and professional associations in Africa to successfully lobby government and achieve radical policy reforms related to livestock trade and veterinary service provision in rural areas. Prior to joining Feinstein, Berhanu worked with the African Union’s Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU/IBAR) as an institutional and policy support advisor and project coordinator, and led the field-level and policy support to governmental and non-governmental partners. Prior to that he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia, where he started  as junior veterinary officer and progressed through different posts including team leader, Pan African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC) branch coordinator, and head of regional veterinary laboratory.

He holds a D.V.M. from the University of Addis Ababa and a master’s degree in tropical veterinary medicine from the University of Edinburgh.

Research

Regional Policy Support to IGAD
By Yacob Aklilu, Berhanu Admassu, Andy Catley | September 2013

The study on livestock exports and related benefits has helped to raise awareness of processes of commercialization in pastoralist areas, and how this trend contributes to a robust group of commercial actors on the one side, and increasing pastoral destitution on the other.

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News Items

Additional funding awarded to AKLDP by USAID Ethiopia
August 16, 2016

The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP) has been awarded $730,000 by USAID Ethiopia to continue its work providing collaborative learning and coordination support across the USAID Feed…

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