Research Areas

ANIMAL HEALTH RESEARCH PROJECT

Animal health is one of the critical aspects of livestock production and plays a crucial role in every step of livestock and livestock products development. Beyond its benefits in improving the efficiency of animal agriculture especially livestock, animal health is vital in ensuring the health and wellbeing of societies. However, animal health, for its routines of disease control and prevention, needs improved technologies, skills and knowledge that could best fit the existing scenarios. Globally, to mitigate the ever-increasing threats arising from a wide range of animal diseases, many technologies have been developed and used. Consequently, the technology type and intensity of usage has made significant differences in the animal health status of countries and this has been extended to wider political and economic implications for developing countries like Ethiopia through livestock and livestock products market limitations and trade bans.

In Ethiopia, animal diseases are rampant and have a wider distribution and extent. Thus, to mitigate the ever-increasing trends of disease threats posed to the animal agriculture and public health, research in animal health is critical. The main focus of animal health research is availing improved animal health technologies and knowledge to the different livestock development partners and stakeholders of the country so as to fast-track the transformation process of the country’s livestock sub-sector in particular and the nation’s economy in general.

VISION

Become a leading animal health research and innovation center in Africa, providing improved animal health technologies and systems for disease control and prevention.

MISSION

To generate, develop and adapt animal health technologies, knowledge and policy for improving livestock production efficiency, animal welfare, product quality and public health safety.

GOAL

To improve livestock production efficiency, animal welfare and public health safety by developing improved animal health technologies and systems for disease control and prevention.

OBJECTIVES

§  To develop a competent human and physical capacity for animal health technology development.

§  To develop, improve or adapt improved tools for animal disease prevention and control.

§  To develop, improve or adapt fast and robust diagnostic and disease detection tools

§  To obtain information and knowledge about the dynamics, host response, risk factors and ecology of animal diseases.

§  To develop, improve or adapt improved technologies for disease treatment and animal care.

§  To quantify the social, economic and public health impact of animal diseases.

§  To assess the impact of environment and climate change on animal diseases and animal welfare.

FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS

§  Analyze diverse agro-ecological zones, variations of animal species, the number and distribution of animal diseases, and limitations in human resources and research facilities to undertake research through linkages with federal, regional and international institutions.

§  Pursue a multi-disciplinary and farming system-oriented approaches on a number of animal health constraints to enhance the contribution of animal resources to advance production and the national economy.

§  Strengthen the national animal health research capacity with an emphasis on the development of human resources, infrastructure and facilities, and deployment of related organizational setups.

CONTACT ADDRESSES

Aster Yohannes Chakiso,
Deputy Director, HARC Animal Health, Forage and Nutrition Research
Tel.: +251911874153
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Tamirat Siyoum
Researcher I
Tel.: +25121010744
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Temesgen Kassa
Coordinator, HARC Animal Health Research Program
Tel.: +251933864380
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Melesse Eshete
Associate Researcher
Tel.: +251913330717
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Beksisa Urge Burris
Coordinator, HARC National Animal Health Program
Tel.: +25124599995
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Birhanu Abera
Associate Researcher I
Tel.: +251911816031
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