Berhanu Admassu

Berhanu AdmassuChief of Party

Berhanu Admassu is an expert on livestock policy reforms related to poverty reduction. He has more than 30 years of academic research, project management and advisory experience in Ethiopia and internationally and has been leading teams and coordinating/managing programs for over 25 years with progressive increases in program scope and complexity. 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.

Berhanu is known for his pioneering work on rinderpest eradication in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia, where as government veterinarian, led the piloting of novel community-based delivery system with dramatic results. Due to his leadership of the program, he was one of the international experts who received awards from the Global Rinderpest Eradication Campaign (GREP) at FAO in 2012 for their contributions to the global eradication success.

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.

Berhanu has been working with the Feinstein International Center since 2005 and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

News Items

Berhanu Admassu appointed to the Ministry of Science & Technology Board in Ethiopia
August 7, 2018

In July 2018, Berhanu Admassu was appointed to the Board of the Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) in Ethiopia. This appointment recognizes Berhanu’s strong qualifications and Tufts’ work in…

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Feinstein’s team in Addis presents at Ethiopian Veterinary Association Conference
September 6, 2017

The AKLDP disseminated the Public Private Partnerships for Selected Livestock Services and Facilities  at the 31st Annual Conference of the Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA), held on September 5-6, 2017 in Addis…

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Feinstein Research Projects

The Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP)

The AKLDP is a five-year project of USAID Ethiopia which provides collaborative learning and coordination support across the Feed the Future portfolio, leading to improved agriculture, livestock and pastoral policy and programming.

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Policy Support to the Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative, Ethiopia

This project aimed to strengthen policy and practice in selected pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.

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Feinstein Publications

Examining Alternative Livelihoods for Improved Resilience and Transformation in Afar

This study reviews the different types of alternative livelihoods available to pastoralist households in the Afar region of Ethiopia and makes recommendations for interventions to improve household resilience.

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