Professor Adugna Tolera

Prof AdugnaProfessor Adugna was born in 1959 in Jardega Jarte district of Horro Guduru Wollega zone of Oromia, western Ethiopia. He was brought up on smallholder farm which hands on practical experience in agricultural activities and livestock production.

He attended his elementary and secondary school education at Shambu elementary and senior secondary school, respectively, from 1970 to 1979. He passed the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination with very great distinction and joined the then Alemaya College of Agriculture, where he studied animal science for his Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of his study he was recruited by Awassa College of Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, as a graduate assistant in the department of Animal Science, where he started his career.

Professor Adugna Tolera is an animal scientist specialized in animal nutrition with over 25 years of experience in teaching, research and outreach activities at Addis Ababa University (Awassa College of Agriculture) and Hawassa University (1983-2007). He was also had short term research experiences at Lnagston University, USA (July – December 2000) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (October 2004 – August 2005).

From December 2007 up to September 2011, he worked for Texas A&M University as Livestock Production Specialist for the Ethiopian Sanitary and Meat Marketing Program (SPS-LMM), which was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture. His research and development work experience focuses on animal feeds and nutrition, range management, livestock production systems as well as feeding and management of meat and dairy animals.

Professor Adugna also has rich experience in organizing, facilitating and conducting short term training programs for different target groups and on different subjects. He has rendered consultancy services to different organizations in the areas of livestock production, feed resources and feeding systems. He had also successfully facilitated an international course on Feeds Analysis and Feeding Strategies for National Agricultural Research Systems researchers drawn from Eastern and Central Africa on behalf of ASARECA Animal Agriculture Research Network (A-AARNET) and ILRI.

Upon the request of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Prof. Adugna was engaged in assisting the Upper Nile University in South Sudan to establish Animal Nutrition Laboratory and he provided shopping list of needed equipment’s and chemicals.

Prof. Adugna has published over 70 scientific publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, international and national workshop proceedings, book chapters, books or monographs and manuals.

Date Professional Experiences
 Oct. 2011 to date Professor, School of Animal and Range Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
 Dec. 2007 – Sept. 2011 Livestock Production Specialist, Ethiopia Sanitary and Phytosanitory Standars and Livestock and Meat Marketing Program, Norman Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture, Texas A&M University System, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Aug. 2005 – Dec. 2007 Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
 Oct. 2005 – Dec. 2007 Associate Vice President for Research and Extension, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
 Oct. 2004 – Aug. 2005 Guest Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As, Norway
 May 2001 – Oct. 2004 Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Range Science, College of Agriculture, Debub (Hawassa) University, Hawassa Ethiopia
 Jan. 2001 – May 2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Range Science, College of Agriculture, Hawassa University, Hawassa Ethiopia
 Oct. 1999 – Oct. 2004 Coordinator of Continuing Education Program of Awassa College of Agriculture (Oct. 1999 – Apr. 2001) and Hawassa University (Apr. 2001)
 Nov. 1999 – Oct. 2004 Section Head, Animal Feeds and Nutrition Section, Department of Animal and Range Science, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
 Aug. 2000 – Dec. 2000 Visiting Scholar, E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research, Langston University, Oklahoma USA.
 Aug. 1999 – July 2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Range Science, College of Agriculture, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
 June 1994 – July 1999 NUFU (PhD student at Agricultural University of Norway and research work at Awassa College of Agriculture), As, Norway and Hawassa, Ethiopia
 June 1994 – Sep. 1994 Laboratory training and practice, Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
 Jan. 1991 – May 1993 Department Head, Department of Animal Production and Rangeland Management, Awassa College of Agriculture, Hawassa, Ethiopia
 Jan. 1990 – June 1994 Lecturer at Awassa College of Agriculture, formerly under Addis Ababa University, but currently under Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
 July 1998 – Dec. 1989 Graduate Associate, International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 Aug. 1987 – June 1988 NORAD fellow (M.Sc. student), Agricultural University of Norway, As, Norway
 Sep. 1983 – July 1987 Graduate Assistant, Assistant lecturer and Lecturer, successively at Awassa University of Agriculture, Hawassa, Ethiopia
 July 1982 – Sept. 1982 Vocation job, International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), Addis Ababa and Debre Berhan, Ethiopia

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