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Yohannes Subagadis, Ph.D.

Africa Coordinator for Livelihoods & Landscapes

Based in Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Yohannes Subagadis leads a CRS team focused on restoring agricultural land and combatting the impacts of climate change across 15 countries in Africa.

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As the Africa coordinator for CRS' livelihoods & landscapes program, Yohannes leads CRS’ work on restoring degraded agricultural land in 15 countries across Africa. By helping farmers – especially those in rural communities – restore their land, Yohannes and his team help fight the impacts of climate change and teach farmers better ways to keep their soil healthy. Better soil means better crops, leading to more food for local communities and a living wage for the farmers.

For more than 14 years, Dr. Subagadis has been at the center of work focused on climate change water resource management, and natural resource management. He has worked with global partners such as USAID, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the European Union Commission.

Prior to joining CRS, Dr. Subagadis worked on climate change adaption and resilience in South Sudan with UNESCO, the UN’s University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources in Germany, and on land management and environmental protection in Ethiopia.

Areas of Expertise

Agriculture, Climate Change, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Disaster Risk Reduction, Natural Resource Management, Resilience, Water-Smart Agriculture


Dresden University of Technology
Ph.D., Hydrology

Addis Ababa University
M.S., Civil Engineering

Arba Minch University
B.S., Hydraulic Engineering