Yacob AkliluSenior Researcher

An Agricultural Economist who currently works in Livestock Marketing Systems and Livelihood-based Emergency interventions in Africa, Yacob has worked extensively throughout the Horn and in Southern Africa countries.

Yacob has written a number of papers on veterinary drug privatization, livelihood-based emergency interventions and livestock marketing systems and contributed to recent assessment reports on the crisis in Darfur and Ethiopia for USAID. In the last few years he has been actively engaged in assessing and analyzing the pastoral livelihood system, designing and testing pilot programs in the areas of alternative livelihoods, livelihood-based emergency interventions, privatization and livestock and livestock products marketing.

His “Lessons Learnt” documents have led to wide-scale adaptations of the pilot projects by other agencies and have contributed to policy changes particularly in Kenya and Ethiopia. Aklilu consults for NGOs, Governments and donors on a range of pastoral issues that include assessments, analysis or program design in the Horn. Prior to joining Tufts, he worked with UNICEF, the UN, FINNIDA and NGOs in Mozambique, Zambia and Iraq.

FIC Publications

On the Hoof: Livestock Trade in Darfur
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This report explores what has happened to the livestock trade in the greater Darfur region during nine years of conflict, since 2003. Livestock is one of Darfur’s main economic assets…

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Lifting Livelihoods with Livestock A review of REST's livestock value addition practices in Raya Azebo, Ethiopia and potentials for diversification
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By Yacob Aklilu | November 2011

Between 2008 and 2011, over two thousand households were provided with informal loans for livestock value addition in an effort to graduate them from the Productive Safety Net Programme in…

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Shifting Sands The Commercialization of Camels in Mid-altitude Ethiopia and Beyond
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By Yacob Aklilu, Andy Catley | April 2011

Although pastoralists in Ethiopia are often characterized as unresponsive to market opportunities, the bulk of Ethiopia’s growing formal and informal livestock and meat exports are supplied from pastoralist areas of…

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Mind the Gap Commercialization, Livelihoods and Wealth Disparity in Pastoralist Areas
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By Yacob Aklilu, Andy Catley | December 2010

This was a follow up study to earlier regional analysis for the IGAD-FAO Livestock Policy Initiative that examined the benefits of livestock exports by pastoralist wealth group. Mind the Gap focuses on the Borana and Somali areas of Ethiopia, and describes the growing formal trade in meat and animals from pastoralist areas, destined for export markets.

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Livestock Exports from the Horn of Africa An Analysis of Benefits by Pastoralist Wealth Group and Policy Implications
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By Yacob Aklilu, Andy Catley | October 2009

Support to the export of pastoralist livestock from the Horn of Africa is often viewed by aid organizations as a key poverty reduction strategy. Drawing on existing literature and field research in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, this report examines if and how different wealth groups benefit from the export trade.

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Livestock Marketing in Kenya and Ethiopia A Review of Policies and Practice
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By Yacob Aklilu | December 2008

The last few years have witnessed a renewed interest in the export of live animals and meat from Kenya and Ethiopia. In both cases, the private sector has taken the…

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Darfur: Livelihoods Under Siege
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It is almost two years since the beginning of the rebel insurgency in Darfur, but the conflict continues, the ceasefire has been frequently violated, and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis…

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Risk and Vulnerability in Ethiopia Learning from the Past, Responding to the Present, Preparing for the Future
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The people of Ethiopia today are managing the risks and vulnerabilities generated by a serious drought, profound vulnerability to disease epidemics (human, crop and livestock), and a combination of local…

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Research

Camel Marketing and Pastoral Livelihoods in Ethiopia
By Yacob Aklilu | September 2013

The goal of this project is to promote understanding of the camel market chain that impacts the livelihoods of tens of thousands of pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, farmers, and traders living in diverse agro-ecological regions of Ethiopia.

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Cattle and Meat Value Chain Assessment in Ethiopia
By Yacob Aklilu | September 2013

As one of its economic objectives, the government of Ethiopia is pursuing a policy of maximizing revenues through meat and live animal exports. There is some progress in the volume of live animal and meat exports on a yearly basis, but not as much as anticipated given the huge livestock resources in the country.

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Regional Policy Support to COMESA
By Dawit Abebe, Yacob Aklilu, Andy Catley | September 2013

The goal of this project is to improve the food security of pastoral communities in the COMESA region through facilitating the development of pro-pastoralist regional food security policy.

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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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