DR. WASONGA VIVIAN OLIVER

Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga is a Rangeland Ecologist with specialization in Dryland Ecology and Resilience of Pastoral Production Systems and over 18 years’ experience in work related to Sustainable Rangeland Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Pastoral Livelihoods. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) at the University of Nairobi (www.oliverwasonga.info or https://profiles.uonbi.ac.ke/oliverwasonga). During 2011- 2014, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany (http://www.ditsl.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id). In addition to teaching, he has supervised seven (7) PhD and thirteen (13) MSc students to completion, and currently supervising eleven (11) PhD and eight (8) MSc. students. He represents the Department of LARMAT in the Faculty of Agriculture committees for postgraduate studies, industrial attachment, and chairs the Faculty‘s timetabling committee. In addition, he has been leading the following research projects at the University of Nairobi: i) Drought Resilience In East African dryland Regions (DRIER), funded by Royal Society in UK; ii) Economic Valuation of Sustainable Rangeland Management Practices in Northern Kenya; iii) Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) funded by IDRC and DFID; iv) “Fodder Production for Enhanced Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the Drylands of Kenya (PREPARED)“ funded by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); v) “Assessing the Role of Stratified Livestock Production in Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses in Pastoral meat Value Chain in Kenya, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); vi) “Role of Livestock Marketing Associations in Pastoral Meat value chain“, funded by BMBF; vii) Foundations for climate resilient and sustainable growing settlements (U-RES) funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF; and viii) Re-Packing Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Policy, Development and Pastoral Community Action in Kenya (PIK) funded by the Christensen Fund. Dr. Wasonga’s other experiences include research consultancies with several international and national organizations such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, UNDP, WFP, FAO, ILRI, IUCN, IIED, IGAD/ICPAC; IGAD/ICPALD; AWF/KWS, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), AMREF, ACF, NCCK, GIZ, MS-TCDC-Action Aid, CORDAID-Netherlands, IFAW, CARE-Tanzania, Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA/sida), VSF-Belgium, among others. He is currently involved in the “Development of Regional Strategy for Rangeland Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in IGAD Region“. He has published in diverse areas including rangeland ecology, pastoral livelihoods, climate variability and change adaptation, rangeland management, natural resource management, and indigenous knowledge.

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