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Much of our work is concentrated in Ethiopia, due to factors such as its large population and the importance of its livestock sector. Ethiopia has the largest number of livestock in Africa, and these livestock are dispersed among many smallholder farmers and pastoralists. Our research projects here cover a range of issues related to livestock feeds, dairy, beef, livestock diseases, and human nutrition.

This page shares a variety of resources related to our work in Ethiopia. You may review journal articles, publications authored by the Management Entity, and links to relevant websites and resources.


Selected Publications & Research Findings

Articles in Journals

Adesogan, A., S. McKune, Eilitta, M., Havelaar, A., and Dahl, G. 2019. Animal source foods: sustainability problem or sustainability and malnutrition solution? Perspective matters. Global Food Security, Volume 25, 100325.

Amenu, K., Agga, G.E., Kumbe, A., Shibiru, A., Desta, H., Tiki, W., Dego, O.K., Wieland, B., Grace, D. and Alonso, S. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Community-tailored training to improve the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of women regarding hygienic milk production and handling in Borana pastoral area of southern Ethiopia. Journal of Dairy Science, volume 103, issue 11. It is openly available.

Balehegn, M., Duncan, A., Tolera, A., Ayantunde, A.A., Issa, S., Karimou, M., Zampaligré, N., André, K., Gnanda, I., Varijakshapanicker, P., Kebreab, E., Dubeux, J., Boote, K., Minta, M.,  Feyissa, F., and Adesogan, A.T. June 2020. June 2020. Improving adoption of technologies and interventions for increasing supply of quality livestock feed in low- and middle-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100372.

Balehegn, M., Mekuriaw, Z., Miller, L., McKune, S., and Adesogan. A. T. 2019. Animal source foods for improved cognitive development. Animal Frontiers.

Bardosh, K.L., Hussein, J.W., Sadik, E.A., Hassen, J.Y., Ketema, M., Ibrahim, A.M., Sarah Lindley McKune, S.L., and Havelaar, A.H. 2020. Chicken eggs, childhood stunting and environmental hygiene: an ethnographic study from the Campylobacter genomics and environmental enteric dysfunction (CAGED) project in Ethiopia. One Health Outlook 2, 5.

Birhanu, A.F., Mummed, Y.Y., and Kurtu, M.Y. 2020. Level of Bruising and DFD Carcassesfrom Bulls of Arsi, Boran and Harar Cattle Breeds in Ethiopia. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 10, 203-218.

Birhanu, A. F., Mummed, Y.Y., Kurtu, M.Y., O’Quinn, T., and Jiru, Y. T. 2019. Level of Pre-slaughter stress and quality of beef from Arsi, Boran and Harar cattle breeds in Ethiopia. Cogent Food & Agriculture 5: 1694233

Chen, D., McKune, S.L., Singh, N., Hassen, J.Y., Gebreyes, W., Manary, M.J., Bardosh, K., Yang, Y., Diaz, N., Mohammed, A., Terefe, Y., Roba, K.T., Ketema, M., Ameha, N., Assefa, N., Rajashekara, G., Deblais, L., Ghanem, M., Yimer, G., and Havelaar, A.H. 2021. Campylobacter Colonization, Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, Stunting, and Associated Risk Factors Among Young Children in Rural Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study From the Campylobacter Genomics and Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (CAGED) Project. Front. Public Health, Volume 8, Article 615793.

Gadisa, B., Yusuf, Y., AND Kurtu M.Y. 2019. Evaluation of physical facilities, operation and management practice in selective public abattoirs in Eastern Oromia, Ethiopia. Int. J. Agric. Sc. Food Technol. 5(1): 043-049. 10.17352/2455-815X.000040.

Gadisa, B., Yusuf, Y., and Yousuf, M. 2019. Evaluation of eating quality in sensory panelist and instrumental tenderness of beef from Harar, Arsi and Bale Cattle Breeds in Oromia, Ethiopia. Int. J. Agric. Sc. Food Technol. 5(1): 035-042.

Grace, D., Wu, F., and Havelaar, A.H. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Foodborne diseases from milk and milk products in developing countries—Review of causes and health and economic implications. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11.

Minten, B., Beyene, S., and Reardon, T. 2020. Post-harvest losses in rural-urban value chains: Evidence from Ethiopia. Food Policy.

Minten, B., Habte, Y., Tamru, S., and Tesfaye, A. 2020. The transforming dairy sector in Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 15(8): e0237456.

Serra, R., Kiker, G.A., Minten, B. Valerio, V.C., Varijakshapanicker, P., and Wane, A. 2020. Filling knowledge gaps to strengthen livestock policies in low-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100428.

Tefera, T.D., Mummed, Y.Y., Kurtu, M.Y., Letta, M.U., O’Quine, T.G., and Vipham, J.L. July 2019. Effect of Age and Breeds of Cattle on Carcass and Meat Characteristics of Arsi, Boran, and Harar Cattle in Ethiopia. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 9, 367-383.

Terefe, Y., Deblais, L., Ghanem, M., Helmy, Y.A., Mummed, B., Chen, D., Singh, N., Ahyong, V., Kalantar, K., Yimer, G., Hassen, J.Y., Mohammed, A., McKune, S.L., Manary, M.J., Ordiz, M.I., Gebreyes, W., Havelaar, A.H., and Rajashekara, G. 2020. Co-occurrence of Campylobacter Species in Children From Eastern Ethiopia, and Their Association With Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, Diarrhea, and Host Microbiome. Frontiers in Public Health, 8 (99).  

Varijakshapanicker, P., McKune, S., Miller, L., Hendrickx, S., Balehegn, M., Dahl, G. E., and Adesogan, A. T. 2019. Sustainable livestock systems to improve human nutrition, health, and economic status. Animal Frontiers.

Vipham, J.L., Amenu, K., Alonso, S., Ndahetuye, J.B., Zereyesus, Y., Nishimwe, K., Bowers, E., Maier, D., Sah, K., Havelaar, A., and Grace, D. September 2020. No food security without food safety: Lessons from livestock related research. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100382,

Yimer, G., Gebreyes, W., Havelaar, A., Yousuf, J, McKune, S., Mohammed, A., and O’Mathúna, D. 2020. Community engagement and building trust to resolve ethical challenges during humanitarian crises: experience from the CAGED study. Conflict and Health 14, 68.

Zelalem, A., Sisay, M., Vipham, J. L., Abegaz, K., Kebede, A., and Terefe, Y. January 2019. The prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profiles of bacterial isolates from meat and meat products in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Food Contamination 6(1).


Publications by the Management Entity (reverse chronological)

Useful Resources

These resources include links to external websites, and internal documents, such as reports and outreach materials.

External Resources

Internal Resources from the Management Entity

Blogs and news:


The Equip projects below are funded primarily by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


This list of partners is not exhaustive, but it is indicative of past and prospective partners that have or will collaborate on research projects and other endeavors.

Partners in Ethiopia

Public sector

Research centers and institutes


Programs and projects

Private sector

Zones of Influence

Table. 2021. Overview of Feed the Future Target Woredas and Administrative Zones in Ethiopia

  • Afar Region: Zones 1 and 3
  • Amhara Region: Zones Awi, Debub Gonder, Maekelawi Gonder, Mirab Gojjam, Semen Wello, Waghimra
  • Dire Dawa Astedad: Zone Dire Dawa
  • Oromiya Region: Zones Arsi, Balem Borena, Guji, Jimma, Mirab Arsi, Mirab, Hararghe, Mirab Shewa, Misrak Hararge, Misrak Shewa, Misrak Wollega
  • Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples (SNNP) Region: Zones Bench Maji, Gedeo, Gurage, Hadiya, Kefa, Sidama, Silite
  • Somali Region: Zones Dawa, Fafan, Jerer, Liben, Siti
  • Tigray Region: Debub Misrak,  Debubawi, Mehakelawi, Misrakawi, Semen Mirab

Videos from Projects

  • Livestock, Campylobacter and child nutrition

    The video and other related materials are available on this page.

  • Final workshop: Improving Evidence for Better Policy Making
  • Research in Borana, Ethiopia
  • Livestock, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Child Growth

    The videos and related materials from this symposium are available.

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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.  Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#1175487.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.