State of the World 2011: Author Bios

Catherine Alston

Catherine Alston is Program Coordinator for the Cocoa Livelihoods Program of the World Cocoa Foundation. She recently completed a two-year service with the U.S. Peace Corps in Burkina Faso as a community development volunteer focusing on gender development and girls’ education. During her service, Alston facilitated baby weighing and vaccination days and worked with local healthcare providers to educate women on infant health and nutrition. She also developed and implemented three Girls’ Camps where young village girls came to learn about reproductive health, future careers, and how to set and achieve goals. Alston took the opportunity to travel through eight other sub-Saharan African countries.  Prior to her Peace Corps service, she accumulated over five years professional experience in anthropological fieldwork and has held various project management positions. Alston holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas and a B.A. in Anthropology from Florida State University.

Royce Gloria Androa

Royce Gloria Androa is a Senior Partner in Reach Your DestinyConsult Ltd., a consulting firm that she jointly owns, and provides consulting services in the fields of agriculture, rural development, food, and nutrition. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Uganda Wildlife Authority and was a recipient of a Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2007. She earned her Masters in International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis. Androa was a District NAADS Coordinator under a Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock program that provides agricultural extension services. While in office, she won many accolades as the best-performing district in the NAADS program.

Hailu Araya

Hailu Araya is a geographer and Sustainable Community Development team leaderwith the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), a nongovernmental organization headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ISD is a member of PROFIEET (Promoting Farmer Innovation and Experimentation in Ethiopia), a platform of NGOs and government organizations in Ethiopia. Araya holds a Master’s degree in community resource management from Addis Ababa University.

Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson is the co-founder and former director of Anathoth Community Garden, a ministry of Cedar Grove UMC in Orange County, North Carolina. During his four years as director, Bahnson helped turn a five-acre piece of land into a thriving community center. Anathoth is now a place that teaches sustainable food production, hosts regular community meals, and helps deepen relationships between God, neighbor, and the land. Bahnson speaks and writes widely about food and faith, covering everything from the theological and scriptural understandings of food to practical examples of how such beliefs are embodied in everyday practices. He is especially interested in churches and Christian organizations that engage the world through sustainable agriculture, both in the United States and abroad. His writing has appeared in Orion, The Sun, Sojourners, Pilgrimage, The Cresset, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 and Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Life. Awards include the 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2008 Associated Church Press Award of Excellence, and a 2008 William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. Bahnson is currently a Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute.

Marie-Ange Binagwaho

Marie-Ange Binagwahois an expert in international development who specializes in communities of practice for development and in supporting sustainable and locally appropriate programs. She is Executive Director of Solar Household Energy, Inc. (SHE, Inc.), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting solar cooking as a means of improving lives and relieving enviromental stress in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Her work has also focused on migrant and refugee communities in the United States. Over the past 19 years, Binagwaho has worked with community-based, nonprofit, and international organizations in over 20 countries.She was raised in Burundi and Kenya and has roots in Rwanda. Binagwaho holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Charles Benbrook

Charles Benbrook is Chief Scientist at The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado. He worked in Washington, D.C., on agricultural policy, science, and regulatory issues from 1979 through 1997, and served for 1.5 years as theagricultural staff expert on the Council for Environmental Quality at the end of the Carter Administration. Following the election of Ronald Reagan, he moved to Capitol Hill in early 1981 and was Executive Director of the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture with jurisdiction over pesticide regulation, research, trade, and foreign agricultural issues. In 1984, Benbrook was recruited to the job of Executive Director, Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a position he held for seven years. Several influential NAS reports were done in this period on the need for and aspects of sustainable agriculture. In late 1990, Benbrook formed Benbrook Consulting Services. He has written many reports, books, and peer-reviewed articles on agricultural science, technology, public health, and environmental issues.

Louise E. Buck

Louise E. Buck is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She joined the department in 1996 and has been associated with the Cornell International Institute for Food Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) since 1993. Presently, Buck leads the Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group. Her interests include community-based natural resource management, agroforestry, curriculum development for experiential learning, and participatory research.

Roland Bunch

Roland Bunch is Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods at World Neighbors, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works in integrated rural development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Bunch specializes in ecological agriculture and the design of agricultural development programs, with a focus on training local populations in the use of participatory technology development (PTD) and specific agricultural technologies such as soil conservation, soil restoration, and micro-scale water management. Bunch is the founder of the San Martin Development Program, and in 1992 he co-founded and coordinated COSECHA (Association of Consultants for a Sustainable, Ecological and People-Centered Agriculture) in Honduras. He also served as head of the Department of Rural Development at the Panamerican Agricultural School of Honduras. He is a member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger. In 1982, Bunch published Two Ears of Corn: A Guide to People-Centered Agricultural Improvement, which is available in 10 languages and is used by more than 60 universities and organizations. He holds a degree in International Agricultural Development from California State Polytechnic University.

Marshall Burke

Marshall Burke is a Research Associate at Stanford University’s Program on Food Security and the Environment, where his research focuses primarily on agricultural development and climate effects on food security. He is co-author of On the Use of Statistical Models to Predict Crop Yield Responses to Climate Change,Relationship Between Temperature and Conflict Is Robust,and The Poverty Implications of Climate-Induced Crop Yield Changes by 2030. Burke holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is pursuing his doctorate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Sara Delaney

Sara Delaney joined Imperial College in July 2009 to work on the project “Africa and Europe: Partnerships in Food and Farming,” funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is assisting Gordon Conway with the writing of a second edition of his 1999 book The Doubly Green Revolution. Delaney recently completed work with the U.K. Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC), supporting publication of the book Science and Innovation for Development. From 2005–07, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, working in the water and sanitation sector. She studied biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University and Science, Society and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Olivier De Schutter

Olivier De Schutter has been the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008. He is also a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin), a member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University. From 2002–06, De Schutter chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, De Schutter has been General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance. His most recent book is International Human Rights Law, released in 2010.

Jim De Vries

James De Vries directs Heifer International's Programs Division, which includes the areas of Africa, Americas, Asia/South Pacific, and Central Eastern Europe.He provides leadership to the headquarters team as well as to Heifer’s on-the-ground staff around the world, developing and managing more than 770 projects through 53 country and regional offices. De Vries has been Director of Programs since 1992, and was named Senior Vice President of Programs in 2003. He served as Director of Africa/Near East Programs from 1982 to 1992. Prior to Heifer, De Vries was a professor and head of the Agricultural Extension and Education Department at Sokoine University in Tanzania. He was born in the Netherlands and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1961. De Vries is fluent in English, Dutch, and Swahili, as well as reading and understanding German. He has a Ph.D in continuing and vocational education from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. in cooperative extension (education), and a B.A. in history and religion from Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

Pay Drechsel

Pay Drechsel is an environmental scientist based in Ghana. Since 2005, he has been Theme Leader of Water Quality, Health and Environment at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). At IWMI, he has coordinated projects on urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) and related environmental impacts, with a focus on comprehensive and multidisciplinary UPA assessments, waste composting, and safe wastewater use. From 1996 to 2000, Drechsel coordinated research projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Cameroon for the Africaland network of the International Board for Soil Research and Management (IBSRAM). After working at IBSRAM headquarters in Thailand, he oversaw the organization’s Africa office until 2001, where he focused on participatory on-farm research and resource economics. When IBSRAM’s research programs merged with IWMI-CGIAR in 2001, Drechsel headed IWMI’s subregional office for West Africa in Accra, Ghana, until 2005. He has also served as an R&D consultant (primarily for the German agency GTZ). Drechsel sits on the steering committees of the System-Wide Soil, Water and Nutrient Management (SWNM) program and the Initiative on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (Urban Harvest) and is a board member of the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security Foundation (RUAF). He has authored more than 150 articles for books and journals including Ecological Economics, Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, Economic Botany, Environment & Urbanization, Journal of Water and Health, Pest Management Science, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Acta Tropica,and theInternational Journal of Environmental Studies.

Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards has been Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,since 1966. She is a botanist specializing in taxonomy as well as a lecturer, science journalist, and editor. Edwards is passionate about involving Africa’s farmers as full partners in initiatives to improve agricultural production. Under her leadership, ISD works with closely with the Ethiopian government and community organizations to link cultural diversity with biodiversity, promote safe use of biotechnology, and protect the rights of local communities. Edwards is the author or co-author of more than 40 papers and has edited and published more than 50 documents including books, reports, proceedings, and booklets. Since 1984, she has edited Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea, a seven-volume work that aims to describe the 6,500–7000 plant species found in the region.Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Edwards has lived in Ethiopia since 1968 and holds Ethiopian citizenship.

Dianne Forte

Dianne J. Forte is Director of International Programs at Africare, a development organization based in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that she was Managing Director of Heifer International's Washington DC policy office.  Forte is a gender specialist among her publications is The South Within the North: Reproductive Choice in Three U.S. Communities.  Dianne Forte holds a Master's degree in political economy and has over 22 years of experience managing development programs in Africa.

Martin Fregene

Martin Fregene is a plant geneticist and molecular breeder with more than 17 years of experience in the genetics and breeding of cassava. He developed the first molecular genetic map of cassava and started the first cassava molecular breeding program. He is also the authority in the study and utilization of wild Manihot germplasm resources and was the first to publish on the molecular phylogeny of wild Manihot species. Fregene began his career in 1991 as a cassava breeder at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. While at IITA, he received a Rockefeller Foundation post-doctoral fellowship on genetic mapping (1993­–96), which led him to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. At CIAT, he developed a molecular genetic map of cassava. From 1996 to 1997, Fregene was an associate scientist at CIAT working on tagging genes that control early yield, resistance to diseases, and pests in cassava. In 1999, Fregene won the position of senior scientist and cassava geneticist at CIAT and led a program to develop CMD (cassavamosaic disease)-resistant neo-tropical gene pools and to broaden the genetic base of cassava with genes from wild relatives. He joined the Biocassava Plus project as product development manager in 2009 and recently became Principal Investigator of the project. Fregene holds a doctorate in plant genetics and breeding from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where he completed his research in collaboration with IITA and CIAT. 

Robert Freling

Robert Freling has been Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) since 1997. During his stewardship, SELF has completed solar energy projects in more than 15 countries, making it the leader among non-governmental organizations in realizing practical and cost-effective alternative energy solutions for rural villagers. A native of Dallas, Texas, Freling collaborated with SELF as a Chinese translator and interpreter to coordinate a 1,000-house solar electrification project in rural Gansu, China, in 1995. He was soon appointed SELF's Director of International Programs and facilitated negotiations between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture to expand the Gansu Province solar electrification project. Fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Indonesian, Freling holds a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University and an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.

Samuel Fromartz

Samuel Fromartz is a freelance business journalist based in Washington, D.C. He began his career at Reuters in 1985, writing the news ticker that ran in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Working as a correspondent and editor in New York and Washington, D.C., he covered virtually every aspect of business. Since 1997, Fromartz has been working independently, and his work has appeared in Business Week, the New York Times, and Fortune, among other publications. His story on a bankrupt restaurant chain was published in the anthology Best Business Stories of the Year 2002. Fromartz is the author of the book Organic, Inc., which describes how an $11 billion industry arose out of an alternative food movement and how it “came close to betraying the very ideals that drove its expansion.” Food writer Michael Pollan called the book the “the definitive account of organic food’s rise and move into the American mainstream.” A native of Brooklyn, New York, Fromartz enjoys working from home, which affords him time to cook dinner for his family.

Dennis Garrity

Dennis Garrity is Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is active in the development of institutional innovations related to farmer-led organizations in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. He has also worked extensively on developing conservation-oriented agroforestry systems for sloping uplands. Between 1982 and 1992, Garrity served as an agronomist/crop ecologist and head of the Agroecology Unit at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. From 1992 to 2002, he was Regional Coordinator of the ICRAF Southeast Asia Programme in Bogor, Indonesia. He created the regional program and led the systems-improvement research to develop and evaluate agroforestry alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture. In addition to being an ex-officio member of the board of ICRAF, Garrity serves as Chair of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Inter-Centre Working Group on Climate Change. He holds a doctorate in crop physiology from the University of Nebraska.

Stephanie Hanson

Stephanie Hanson is Director of Policy and Outreach for One Acre Fund, an agricultural organization based in Kenya. From 2006 to 2009, Hanson was a writer for, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations, covering economic and political development in Africa and Latin America. She wrote about piracy in Somalia, China’s increased presence in Africa, and the drug war in Mexico. Prior to working at CFR, Hanson was an associate literary agent. In 2008, Hanson won a News and Documentary Emmy for “Crisis Guide: Darfur,” an interactive media guide that explores the history and context of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, and on the websites of theNew York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. Hanson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hans Herren

Hans Herren is President of the Millennium Institute (MI), an organization that promotes systems literacy and dynamic modeling tools to attain sustainable development worldwide. Over the years, Herren’s interests have gravitated toward the policy aspects of integrated sustainable development, in particular the links between environmental, plant, animal, and human health issues. Prior to joining MI, Herren was Director-General of the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya, where he developed and implemented programs in the areas of human, animal, plant, and environmental health (the 4-H paradigm) as they relate to insect issues. Herren also served as director of the Africa Biological Control Center of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin, where he conceived and implemented a highly successful biological control program that saved the African cassava crop and averted the continent’s worst-ever food crisis. Herren serves as co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology (IAASTD); president of the International Association of the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS); chair of BioVision, a Swiss foundation that aims to improve the livelihoods of the poor globally; and a member of the U.S. Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR). He earned  doctorate at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and is the recipient of the 1995 World Food Prize. Herren holds numerous awards that recognize his contributions to science, agriculture, the environment, and improving the livelihoods of the poor worldwide.

Mario Herrero

Mario Herrero isProgramme Leader and an agricultural systems analystat the International Livestock Research Institute(ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He works on increasing adaptive capacity of agro-pastoralists to climatic change in West and Southern Africa using a transdisciplinary research approach. Recent publications include Feed, Food and Fuel: Competition and Potential Impacts on Small-scale Crop-Livestock-Energy Farming Systems, Livestock and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Mitigation Options and Trade-offs, and Assessing Household Level Vulnerability to Climate Change.

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman is a Senior Scientist with the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA). She holds a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Marcia joined PAN in 1996 after working in Asia and Africa for much of the previous 15 years. She facilitated government-farmer-NGO collaborations on sustainable agriculture in Southeast Asia and developed a farmer-based pest management education project in Thailand. Previously, she worked on agricultural projects in Somali refugee camps and on women’s health and literacy projects with Khmer refugees. Her doctoral research focused on Thai farmers’ rice cultivation practices and biological control of rice insect pests. At PAN, Ishii-Eitemanhas directed the World Bank Accountability program, was a lead author with the UN’s International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology in Development, and is currently Coordinator of the Safe, Fair & Clean Food Program. She speaks Thai and French.

Joan Kagwanja

Joan Kagwanja is Program Officer for Policy and Partnerships (Land, Property Rights and Environment Policy) at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Prior to joining AGRA, Kagwanja worked for eight years at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), where she provided technical input into CAADP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme) processes and advocated for gender issues in agriculture as well as for a value-chain approach to the development of African agriculture and markets. Kagwanja was instrumental in designing, fundraising, and building partnerships for a multistakeholder process that led to the development of the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, which was endorsed at the African Union (AU) Meeting of African Ministers of Agriculture and Land. The framework also resulted in a Declaration on Land Policy in Africa, which was adopted by the AU Summit of African Heads of States and Government. A native of Kenya, Kagwanja holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dennis Karamuzi

Dennis Karamuzi is a veterinarian and Deputy Country Director for Heifer International in Rwanda.He specializes in livestock development planning and management and is passionate about social empowerment to fight against HIV/AIDS. At Heifer, he engages in community development through education and livestock-related training as well as through placing animals with impoverished families to support income generation and nutrition.Karamuzi was born in exile after his family fled the escalating violence in Rwanda. He received his degree in veterinary medicine in Uganda. After joining Heifer-Rwanda in 2005, he returned to his home country. Karamuzi speaks English, French, and Swahili.

Nancy Karanja

Nancy Karanjais Regional Coordinator of the International Potato Center’s Regional Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (CIP-SSA) in Nairobi, Kenya. She works with Urban Harvest, a systemwide initiative on urban and peri-urban agriculture of the Center. Karanja has nearly 30 years of experience in research and development of natural resources and sustainable agriculture in Africa. In recent years, she has focused her research on the role of gender in R&D planning and institutional arrangements. Her other interests include advocating for on-farm appropriate management and conservation of below-ground soil biodiversity for sustainable productive agroecosystems.  At CIP-SSA, Karanja works closely with multidisciplinary regional and global teams of stakeholders. She is currently working on projects on traditional foods, the benefits and risks of wastewater reuse for urban and peri-urban agriculture, the recovery of plant nutrients from solid urban waste for soil health/fertility improvement in urban and peri-urban vegetable production, and a pilot study on evaluating agricultural interventions for enhancing food security and livelihoods for urban HIV/AIDS-affected households.Karanja holds a doctorate in soil sciences and headed the Soil Science Department of the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Agriculture for seven years, where she lectured in soil biology, biochemistry, and enviromental management and served as advisor for numerous MSc and PhD theses. She has published widely in international journals on the topics of integrated soil fertility and health improvement action.

Anna Lappé

Anna Lappé is a bestselling author and food activist based in Brooklyn, New York, who is best known for her work on sustainability and food systems. Together with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, she leads the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and education. She also heads the Small Planet Fund, which has raised nearly a half-million dollars to fund democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Lappé was the host of MSN’s “The Practical Guide to Healthier Living” and the public television series “The Endless Feast” and has also appeared on and the Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.” In addition, Lappé has made appearances on U.S. and Canadian television and on nationally syndicated radio programs. She has been featured in newspapers and publications including the New York Times, Gourmet, andO, The Oprah Magazine. Lappé’s latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, explains the links between today’s global food system and climate change and offers inspiration for sustainable food choices. She also co-authored Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet with Frances Moore Lappé and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with Brian Terry. From 2004 to 2006, Lappé was a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute and one of the first Innovators of The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming. She was also named one of TIME Magazine’s “Eco-Who’s Who.” Lappé holds an M.A. in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Graham Lettner

Graham Lettner works in Zambia as a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, partnering with Mobile Transactions. During his first year in Southern Africa, he worked in Malawi in partnership with Agricultural Research for Development in Africa, a nonprofit organization that addresses poverty through improved approaches to farming, and with TreeCrops, a company that buys baobab fruit from small farmers for export to the European Union.

Brigid Letty

Brigid Letty is an agricultural development specialist and animal scientist working in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security for the Institute of Natural Resources (INR) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She specializes inparticipatory approaches to agricultural research and development. Letty is the program coordinator for Prolinnova (Promoting local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management) in South Africa and is a member of small team tasked with developing a strategy document to guide the future direction of Prolinnova at the end of its funding cycle in 2010. She also coordinates the HIV/AIDS and Participatory Innovation Development(HAPID) initiative across countries. Starting in 2010, Letty is providing support to the Joint Learning about Innovation Systems in African Agriculture (JOLISAA) initiative, led by the French research center CIRAD and coordinated in South Africa by the University of Pretoria’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development. Prior to her position at INR, Letty worked for six years in the Farming Systems Research Section at the provincial department of agriculture.

David Lobell

David Lobell is Assistant Professor in Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University and a fellow in Stanford’s Program on Food Security and the Environment. His research focuses on identifying opportunities to raise crop yields in major agricultural regions, with a particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change. Lobell’s current projects include studies in northwest and central Mexico, the northern U.S. Great Plains, and South Asia that involve the application of remote sensing, GIS, crop models, and climate forecasts to agricultural decision-making at a range of spatial scales. His work aims to quantify the risks that climate changes pose to crop production and food security, and to identify attractive adaptation options and opportunities for reducing the gap between average and potential yields in major agricultural regions. From 2005 to 2007, Lobell was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He holds a doctorate in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and is a past recipient of Graduate Research Fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.

Diana Lee-Smith

Diana Lee-Smith is a founder of the Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. She carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya in 1985 and has over 20 years of experience in research, policy, and advocacy work on urban poverty, gender, development, and environment issues. Lee-Smithwas a founding member of the Habitat International Coalition Women and ShelterNetwork and ran its secretariat from 1988 to 1995, where she was responsible for gender mainstreaming. From 2002 to2005, she led the African Regional Programme of Urban Harvest, an initiative of the Consultive Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Lee-Smith has written extensively on gender and urban agriculture, and her published works include Women Managing Resources: African Research on Gender, Urbanisation and Environment andHealthy City Harvests: Generating Evidence to Guide Policy on Urban Agriculture. She holds a doctorate in Architecture and Development Studies and is a visiting professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she is editing two books on urban agriculture in Africa.

Maimbo Malesu

Maimbo Malesu is an agricultural engineerand Water ManagementProgramme Coordinator at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. His work focuses on improving the livelihoods of small-scale farmers through improved land management, conservation farming, soil and water conservation, small- and medium-scale irrigation, rainwater harvesting and management, and increased land and water productivity. Malesu is an expert in project planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation. As the coordinator of a cross-regional program on rainwater harvesting and management that covers 12 African and six South Asian countries, he is experienced in working with a wide range of multidisciplinary partners and stakeholders, including national governments as well as nongovernmental, intergovernmental, and community-based organizations. In addition, Malesu has managed several government- and donor-funded programs and projects at the district, provincial, regional, and national levels.Malesu holds an MSc. in Agricultural Engineering with a focus on soil and water engineering and has traveled extensively during his career throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Serena Milano

Serena Milano is General Secretary of Slow Food International’s Foundation for Biodiversity. A graduate in Modern Literature from the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Studies of Turin, Milano has been editor of fortnightly and weekly publications of local politics for some years, and since 1997 has worked with the Slow Food International Head Office. Since 2000, she has been responsible for the Presidia (projects organized around the world to safeguard traditional products at risk of extinction and support communities of small producers),and since 2006 she has collaborated in organizing Terra Madre, the world meeting of food communities. MIlano also coordinates Slow Food’s international communication and manages the organization’s projects in Africa. She was previously employed as editor of the guidebook Osterie d’Italia and of the Atlas of Typical Products of Italian Parks. She also directed the magazine, The Ark: Book of Presidia, and the publication Slowark.

Anuradha Mittal

Anuradha Mittal is Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. She is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues. After working as the codirector of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy, Mittal established the Oakland Institute, a progressive policy think tank, in 2004. She is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including America Needs Human Rights, The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance, Sahel: A Prisoner of Starvation, and most recently Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution and The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor. Mittal’s articles and opinion pieces have been published in outlets including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Houston Chronicle, and The Nation. Mittal was named the 2008 Most Valuable Progressive Thinker by The Nation magazine and also was awarded the 2007 Global Citizen Award by the UNA-USA East Bay and the KPFA Peace Award in 2006. She is on the board and advisory committees of several nonprofit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry's, which focuses on providing leadership for the company’s social mission and brand integrity.     

Luc Mougeot

Luc Mougeot is Senior Program Specialist at the Canadian Partnerships Program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and is one of the world’s foremost experts in urban agriculture. Between 1993 and 2004, he led IDRC programs focused on urban environment management and urban agriculture. Since then, he has worked with the Canadian Partnerships Program building networks with the development research community. Before joining IDRC, Mougeot worked in Brazil for 12 years, researching and publishing on issues of population resettlement, the use of natural resources by small producers in the Amazon, rural-urban migration in Colombia, urban land-use dynamics and fuelwood circulation in Ecuador, and urban food production in African and other countries. Mougeot first joined IDRC in 1989 and was seconded to the World Bank in 1992 for research on environmental refugees. He holds a Ph.D in geography from Michigan State University and conducted post-doctoral training and research on environmental impact assessment in the United Kingdom and Germany.​

Edward Mukiibi and Rogers Sserunjogi

Edward Mukiibi and Rogers Sserunjogi hail from the same village in Uganda’s Mukono district and are the founders of Project DISC (Developing Innovations in School Cultivation). They share a passion for agriculture and beganProject DISC at the Buiga Sunrise Pre-School in 2006 in an effort to overturn the negative associations thatmany Ugandans have with agriculture-sector work after having been sent to the fields as punishment as children. Through Project DISC, Mukiibi and Sserunjogi are improving local attitudes toward food production by teaching schoolchildren about growing, preparing, and eating local food. They hope to train new farmers both to remedy Uganda’s food shortage and to preserve local food traditions. DISC has expanded to include more than 600 students in 17 primary and secondary schools in four Ugandan districts. Through a partnership with Slow Food International, Mukiibi and Sserunjogi have received additional resources and support for DISC events and initiatives, and they expect to have 31 DISC schools by 2011.Mukiibi works as an Agricultural Inspector at Uganda Organic Certificationand holds a BSc in Agriculture Land Use and Management from Makerere University, Uganda’s largest university.Sserunjogi is an Assistant Administrator at Buiga Sunrise Pre–School and Community Program in Mukono.

Sithembile Ndema

Sithembile Ndema provides programmatic support to the teams of the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network’s (FANRPAN) thematic thrust on Natural Resources and Environment. At FANRPAN, she assists with implementation of the Africa-wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID) project, the Energy Crops and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-Arid Eco-Systems (Bio-Fuels) project, the COMPETE project, and the Challenge Programme for Water and Food Limpopo Basin Focal project. Ndema is also in charge of the Women Accessing Re-aligned Markets (WARM) initiative, which focuses on getting women involved in agricultural policymaking at the local and national levels. She is a spokesperson for the Farming First Coalition, and in February 2010 she was a delegate to the One Young World conference in London. Ndema became interested in agriculture growing up in Zimbabwe, where she watched her grandmother tend the same one-acre plot for long hours each day even as yields decreased drastically. 

Jan Joost Nijhoff  

Jan Joost Nijhoff is the Senior Agricultural Economist with the World Bank in Accra, Ghana. He specializes in regional trade policy development for agricultural commodities, the use of commodity risk-management tools in food security management, and agricultural market integration and innovation. He previously worked as Michigan State University’s Regional Program Coordinator at the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA), headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia. Nijhoff has worked in Africa for 20 years for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), IFDC, and Michigan State University, mostly in eastern and southern Africa. His work at COMESA supports the planning and implementation of a regional CAADP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme), funded by USAID, and the implementation of regional investment and policy analysis under the Guiding Investments for Sustainable Agricultural Markets in Africa (GISAMA) program. Nijhoff also plays an advisory role at the Zambia Food Security Research Project funded by USAID/Zambia and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). He is interested in regional planning for the implementation of the African Union’s CAADP. He holdsan MSc in Agricultural Marketing and Management from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.

Mary Njenga

Mary Njengais a natural resource management scientistand research officer based at the International Potato Centre’s Regional Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (CIP-SSA) in Nairobi, Kenya. She works with Urban Harvest, a systemwide initiative on urban and peri-urban agriculture of the Centre, and also sits on CIP’s Gender and Diversity Committee, where she leads the development of draft guidelines for mainstreaming gender in the Centre’s research processes. Njenga is working on initiatives including the Traditional Foods Project; the benefits and risks of wastewater reuse for urban and peri-urban agriculture, and a pilot study on evaluating agricultural interventions for enhancing food security and livelihoods for urban HIV/AIDS-affected households. She is also editing a book on guidelines and tools for gender mainstreaming in urban agriculture. Since 2002, Njenga has been working on urban agriculture research and development, with a special interest in integrating environmental management in urban agroecosystems. She works with partners on solid and liquid waste recovery for urban agriculture while addressing public and environmental health risks. She has contributed to gender-responsive technical capacity building through developing and conducting local and international training courses on resource recovery for urban agriculture. Prior to joining CIP, Njenga spent five years working on action research in community-based natural resource management in Laikipika, Kenya, where she developed action plans and community training materials. Her interest in linking research to policy has led to the incorporation of urban agriculture in the Draft National Land Policy of Kenya and to the development of draft urban agriculture bylaws for Nakuru. Njenga holds an MSc in the Biology of Conservation.

Catherine Njuguna

Catherine Njuguna is the Regional Corporate Communications Officer for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Qureish Noordin

Qureish Noordin is a Program Coordinator with World Neighbors in Kenya, working with local partners to address food security, clean water access, natural resource management, and community mobilization and organization.

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge is a linguist and the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), based in the United States and the United Kingdom. She examines the causes of social and environmental crises and promotes more sustainable and equitable patterns of living. Since 1975, Norberg-Hodge has worked closely with the people of Ladakh, a remote Indian region on the Tibetan plateau. She helped to establish the Ladakh Ecological Development Group and the Women’s Alliance of Ladakh. One of ISEC’s most visible initiatives has been the Ladakh Project, which aims to preserve the traditions of the Ladakhi people. Norberg-Hodge wrote about her experiences in her book Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, which is available in 42 languages and has been adapted into a film. In 1986, she received the Right Livelihood Award, the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” as recognition for her work in the region. In addition, Norberg-Hodge is on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, a member of the editorial board of The Ecologistmagazine, and a co-founder of both the International Forum on Globalisation and the Global Ecovillage Network.She has made presentations to parliamentarians in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as at the White House and U.S. Congress, UNESCO, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and at Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and Cornell Universities. Norberg-Hodge studied at the doctoral level at the University of London and at MIT with Noam Chomsky. She has been the subject of more than 250 articles and was featured in several films. She is a native of Sweden and speaks seven languages.

Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Rajul Pandya-Lorch is head of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. She concurrently serves as Chief of Staff in the Director General's Office. Before taking her current position, Pandya-Lorch was special assistant to IFPRI's former director general, Per Pinstrup-Andersen. An IFPRI staff member since 1987, she has focused her research on trends in and prospects for global food security and on policies to alleviate and prevent food insecurity, poverty, and environmental degradation, with particular emphasis on sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In recognition of her achievements, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) presented Pandya-Lorch and David Spielman with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for their work on Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development. She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution, along with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant. Pandya-Lorch earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

Sandra Postel

Sandra Postel is a leading expert on international water issues. She directs the Global Water Policy Project based in New Mexico and is the National Geographic Society’s first Freshwater Fellow. Postel was a visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke College from 2000 to 2008 and directed the college’s Center for the Environment in 2008. From 1988 until 1994, she was Vice President of Research at the Worldwatch Institute. In addition, Postel was an advisor to the U.S. National Research Council as well as to American Rivers. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Water Resources Association, and on editorial boards of several publications. Her books include Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. Available in eight languages, Last Oasis was selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book in 1993 and as the basis for a PBS documentary. Postel also co-authored (with Brian Richter) Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature, which calls for new approaches to harmonizing human and ecosystem needs for fresh water. Postel also has authored over 100 articles and op-eds for popular and scholarly publications worldwide, and her article “Troubled Waters” was included in the 2001 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing. Postel holds an M.E.M. from Duke University and two honorary doctorate degrees. She is a recipient of the Pew Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment and has appeared on CNN’s Futurewatch, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC’s Nightline, NPR’s Science Friday, the BBC’s Planet Earth, and in Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary The 11th Hour. In 2002, Scientific American magazine named Postel as one of the “Scientific American 50,” an award recognizing contributions to science and technology.

Jules Pretty

Jules Pretty is Director of the Center for Environment and Society (CES) at the University of Essex, Colchester, and a research fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. His major research fields include sustainable agriculture, localized food systems, environmental and social policy, and community-based natural resource management. Pretty is deputy-chair of the U.K. government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment. From 1989 to 1997, he served as director of the Sustainable Agriculture Department at IIED in London. He served as faculty at Salzburg Seminar Session 353, Sustainable Rural Community Development, in 1998, and in 2001 he was appointed A.D. White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University in New York.Pretty has authored and co-authored numerous publicationsand contributes regularly to print media and as a speaker for television documentaries, most notably for the BBC.He is chief editor of the International Journal for Agricultural Sustainabilityand recently published a book of essays, The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place in It. He has also written widely on the sustainability of agricultural and food systems in developing and industrialized countries, including the books Agri-Culture, The Pesticide Detox, An Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Agriculture, The Living Land, and Regenerating Agriculture.Pretty is a founding member of the Agricultural Reform Group and a trustee and advisor to a range of private and public organizations. In 2006, he received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to sustainable agriculture in the U.K. and overseas.

Xavier Rakotonjanahary

Xavier Rakotonjanahary is the Rice BreedingCoordinator at Madagascar’s Centre National de la Recherche Apliquee au Developpement Rural/FOFIFA or the National Center for Rural Development, anorganization that works with farmers to adapt different technologies and innovations to fit their own needs through extension services and on-farm testing. He is a contributing author to the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Tehcnology for Development (IAASTD) Global Report: Agriculture at a Crossroads.

Chris Reij

Chris Reij is human geographer and specialist in the socio-economic aspects of natural resource management. He is an expert in natural resource management, soil and water conservation, water harvesting, and farmer innovation, and is facilitating a new initiative to promote re-greening Africa’s drylands that builds on existing success stories.Reij has more than 30 years of experience, primarily in Africa but also in Asia. From 1978 to 1982, he worked as a regional planner in Burkina Faso, where he developed an interest in soil and water conservation. Since 1982, he has been working as a specialist in sustainable land management at the Center for International Cooperation of VU University in Amsterdam. For the last 15 years, Reij has coordinated research programs on indigenous soil and water conservation practices and farmer innovation in 13 African countries, exploring long-term trends as well as the impacts of investments in natural resource management in the Sahel. Among his numerous publications, Reij is a co-editor of Sustaining the Soil (Earthscan, 1996) and co-author of Farmer Innovation in Africa: A Source of Inspiration for Agricultural Development.Reij also has served as a consultant, primarily in Africa, for nongovernmental organizations as well as multilateral and bilateral agencies, including the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Office to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNSO), the OECD/Club du Sahel, and the EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation(CTA).

Andrew Rice

Andrew Rice is an award-winning journalist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has written on a wide diversity of topics including dictatorship, democracy, New York real estate, American and African politics, witchcraft, sweatshops, born-again Christians, urban planning, baseball, and war.Rice’s first book, The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget, was named one of the “Best Books of 2009” by the Kirkus Review. The New York Times called it “a vivid prism for examining some of the largest themes in Africa’s history.” Rice’s article “The Book of Wilson,” published in The Paris Review, received a Pushcart Prize. He has also written about Africa for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and The Economist, among other publications.Between 2002 and 2004, Rice lived in Uganda as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, a U.S. nonprofit foundation. Prior to that, he worked for several newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Observer. Rice is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and a graduate of Georgetown University.

Jeanne Roberts

Jeanne Roberts is a freelance writer on environment and sustainability issues. In her previous life, she worked as both a reporter and acommunications specialist for a major public utility. Her most recent book, Green Your Home, approaches environmentalism from a consumer’s perspective.

Saidou Magagi

SaidouMagagi is a scientist with the National Institute for Agronomic Research in Niger(INRAN). He has experience working with rural groups, nongovernmental organizations, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Special Programme for Food Security (PSSA) in co-developing, documenting, promoting, and disseminating farmer innovations and appropriate technologies. In 2004, Magagi was trained in the Philippines as a Participatory Innovation Development (PID) facilitator and trainer. Since 2006, he has been Deputy Co-ordinator of Prolinnova (Promoting local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management) in Niger. He has coordinated multistakeholder partnership building, publication, and institutionalization activities; facilitated workshops; trained partners in concepts and methods of PID and farmer-led documentation; and coordinated a cross-visit to Ghana and a study on local innovation in adaptation to climate change in Niger. Magagi also has contributed to building and strengthening regional and global partnerships and sharing among country programs in Prolinnova and PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel).Magagiholds a BSc in Food Science and Technology from the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Nigeria, where he is pursuing an MSc. He is bilingual in French and English.

Sara J. Scherr

Sara J. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land management and policy in tropical developing countries. She is the founder of Ecoagriculture Partners and currently serves as its President and CEO. From 2001 to 2005, Scherr also served as Director of Ecosystem Services for Forest Trends, an NGO that promotes forest conservation through improved markets for forest products and ecosystem services. She is a member of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and a member of the Board of Directors of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Scherr received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her MSc and PhD in International Economics and Development from Cornell University in New York. She Scherr has published 26 articles in refereed journals, two annotated bibliographies, nine monographs, more than 50 book chapters, and 11 books, including Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (with Jeff McNeely),  A New Agenda for Forest Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Making Markets Work for Low-Income Producers (with Andy White and David Kaimowitz), and Farming with Nature (with Jeff McNeely).

Alexandra Spieldoch

Alexandra Spieldoch is coordinator of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture for the women-led networking group WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management). Previously, she worked at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), an organization that works on fair-and-sustainable food, farm, and trade systems. She served briefly as IATP’s Global Governance Coordinator, led the organization’s food reserves project, and also served as director of IATP’s trade and global governance program, focused on democratic institution-building, human rights, and reform of trade and investment rules. From 2003 to 2006, Spieldoch coordinated the secretariat for the International Gender and Trade Network (IGTN), a network of gender specialists from around the world engaged in research and action on trade and globalization issues. She also co-directed the Global Women's Project at the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C. Since 1999, Spieldoch has engaged in World Trade Organization and regional trade advocacy. She is a member of the Alliance for Responsible Trade and is active in the Hemispheric Social Alliance.She studied at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the University of Caen in Normandy, France. She received an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a major in French literature.

David Spielman

David Spielman is a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His research covers a broad range of topics including agricultural science, technology and innovation policy; seed systems and input markets; and community-driven rural development. Prior to joining IFPRI in 2004, Spielman worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan, and several other organizations. He work has focused primarily on East Africa and South Asia. Spielman holds a doctorate in Economics from American University and an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Tristram Stuart

Tristram Stuart is a writer and historian based in Essex, the United Kingdom. Using a combination of historical insight and frontline investigation into modern food production, he makes regular contributions to television documentaries, radio, and newspaper debates on the social and environmental aspects of food. His new book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, reveals that modern Western countries waste more food than they consume, and that tackling this problem is one of the simplest ways to reduce pressure on the environment and on global food supplies. His first book, The Bloodless Revolution, published in 2006, was a history of vegetarianism, showing how revolutionary vegetarians from the 1600s and 1700s kickstarted the movement now known as environmentalism.After graduating from Cambridge University, Stuart worked on agricultural renovation and emergency shelter programs in Kosovo following the NATO bombardment, and then for the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, where he wrote for the magazine Down to Earth and for Indian newspapers and reviews. As a form of protest against the scale and gratuitous causes of food waste, Stuart has reclaimed most of his food for the past 10 years from the bins of supermarkets and other shops, and he raises pigs, chickens, and bees on leftovers and food waste.

Benedict Tembo

Benedict Tembois an environmental journalist working with the government-run newspaper Zambia Daily Mail, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Abdou Tenkouano

Abdou Tenkouanois the Director of the Regional Center for Africa of the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) based in Arusha, Tanzania, responsible for leading AVRDC operations in sub-Saharan Africa and developing its national and international partnerships. With expertise in genetics and plant breeding he was a member of the Research for Development Council at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) where he led its Banana and Plantain Program prior to joining AVRDC in 2008. He has also worked on sorghum research in Africa with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). He holds a PhD in genetics from Texas A&M University.

Jacob Wanyama

Jacob Wanyama is a veterinarian and Africa Regional Coordinator for the LIFE Network, an organization that works to increase rights for pastoralist communities. He has been working for pastoralist peoples for nearly two decades in east and southern Africa with organizations such as Practical Action (formerly ITDG) and Vétérinaires Sans Frontiers (VSF).Wanyama has been involved extensively in advocating for pro-poor livestock policies at the national and international levels. Since 2000, he has advocated for livestock-keepers’ rights to continually breed and draw livelihoods from their local breeds. He has worked with the government of Kenya and several international civil society organizations to set up and implement community-based livestock development projects with special emphasis on the promotion of indigenous and local livestock production practices. Wanyama has conducted extensive research on indigenous livestock practices in eastern Africa and is the author and co-author of several publications on indigenous knowledge and livestock production.

Ann Waters-Bayer

Ann Waters-Bayer is a Canadian-Dutch agricultural sociologist and a senior advisor with EcoCulture at the ETC Foundation in Netherlands. From 1989 to 1995, Waters-Bayer was network facilitator and publications coordinator at the Information Centre for Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA) at ETC. Prior to that, she was a socio-economist with the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA, now the International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI) in Nigeria. Since 2003, Waters-Bayer has been a member of the International Support Team for Prolinnova (Promoting local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management), a Global Partnership Programme of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). She advises on socio-institutional and gender issues for the Pastoral Community Development Project in Ethiopia, where she explores the impact of HIV/AIDS on pastoral communities. She is also a member of a small group looking at HIV/AIDS-related issues as part of the ELD network on endogenous development by livestock-keepers.Waters-Bayer has co-authored or edited several articles and books on ecological agriculture, pastoral development, and participatory research and extension, including: Dairying by Settled Fulani Agropastoralists,Farming for the Future, Ecofarming in Agricultural Development, Farmers’ Research in Practice, Advancing Participatory Technology Development, and Farmer Innovation in Africa and Forage Husbandry. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, where she coordinated a postgraduate program on agricultural extension at the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture. She speaks fluent English, German, and French.

Christi Zaleski

Christi Zaleski is concentrating in environmental studies at Brown University and spent the summer of 2010 in The Gambia working with the Gambia-Senegal Sustainable Fisheries Project Ba Nafaa.