Participants

We are excited to welcome 17 participants from 11 different countries to the 2017 International Seminar on Livestock Grazing Management! Scroll down to see short bios on all of the participants.

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Gifawosen Bezabih          Gifa   Ethiopia

Gifawosen Tessema has more than 20 years of experience in the pastoral livelihoods in different areas of Ethiopia including Somali, Afar, Oromia (Borena), SNNP (Hamer, Dassench) as a development practitioner in various positions. Gifawosen has diverse cultural, academic, and real world experience in Animal production, Breeding and Genetic improvement, Rangeland management, Pastoral Risk Reduction, Natural resource Management, Livelihoods and Food Security programs and well versed practical experience in designing Community Demand Driven (CDD) market based development programs and value chain analyses. He has rigorous academic training (parallel Masters Degrees) in both the Natural and Social sciences fields in the UK and Ethiopia. He recently led the development of the Pastoralism and Policy Processes in the Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative in Ethiopia, targeted at senior policy makers in Ethiopia. He is an expert on community-based and privatized breeding service delivery in pastoral areas.

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Marwan Suifan       Marwan 3          Jordan flag

Marwan Suifan is the Director of the Badia Rangeland Restoration Program (BRP) at the Ministry of Environment, Jordan. He received a B.S. degree in soil and water, an M.S. in Soil Physics and Ph.D. in Agricultural Resources and Environment from University of Jordan. He has  vast experience in dry land management, community-based rangeland restoration, agricultural resources management, watershed and water resources management, water harvesting, and soil conservation. He has worked at NCARE (National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension) for 11 years (from 1996 to 2007) as a researcher in several projects focused on community based rehabilitation and restoration of degraded rangeland and vegetation cover in Jordan. He worked for 5 years (from 2008 to 2012) as an expert and consultant in watershed and dry land natural resources management to the Badia Ecosystem Restoration Program. From 2012 to date, he has served as the Director of BRP. The BRP is funded by the Governing Council of the UNCC and focused on rehabilitation and restoration of degraded rangeland and vegetation cover in Jordan Badia. Dr. Marwan likes to work in the area of interface between science and practice with agriculturally important community based rangeland restoration and management.

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Hussein Miyo           Hussein photo    Ethiopia

Hussein was born in 1974 in the Yabello district, Oromiya regional state in the southern part of the Ethiopia. He attended elementary and secondary school in Yabello and joined Wondo Genet College of Forestry in 1994 where he obtained his first BA degree in forest science. Hussein is 43, married and a father of three children. He has been working with both government development sectors and NGOs on environmental protection, food security and livelihoods, forest management and protection, rangeland management and climate change adaptation programs to improve the productivity of dry land and livelihood of highly marginalized pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities dwelling in arid and semi-arid of southern part of Ethiopia. Currently Hussein works for CARE Ethiopia, an international organization, as a Field-level Technical Advisor on natural resources management and climate change adaptation strategies. This position is part of the USAID funded Pastoral Resilience Improved Market Economy (PRIME) project.

 

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Flora Moir        Flora        US

Flora holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has over ten years of experience in the environmental field working with a diverse set of organizations from local non-profits such as the River Project and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to large research universities such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Flora spent time in the advertising and design world at the Art Directors Club as director of education and outreach where she helped to connect New York City public high school students with careers in visual communications. She later returned to Columbia University to manage the Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and other funding programs at the Earth Institute. Flora is now based in Mexico City and runs the Private Lands Conservation Program for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature. The program focuses on designing innovative financial mechanisms to promote working landscapes across the country, and empower landowners and livestock producers to become stewards of the environment.

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Fanuel Cumanzala          Cumanzala 1       Zimbabwe

Fanuel has more than 20 years of experience in the human development field.  Strengths include managing and monitoring humanitarian assistance and livelihoods programs including: partnership management, food security and livelihoods programing, budget management vulnerability needs assessments.  Current objective is to expand experience in USAID Development Assistance Programming focusing on food and nutrition security, WASH and relief to recovery. Holds a  MA in Development Studies, Politics of Alternative Development Strategies from the Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands and a Bachelor of Education, (Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is married and has two children.

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Jigme Wangdi                   Wangdi   Bhutan

Jigme Wangdi has been working for the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests since 1999. He has a Bachelors degree of Science in Agriculture (Major in Animal Science) from Central Luzon State University, Nueva Ecija, Philippines and a Master of Science in Agriculture (Major in Animal Science) from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Since his appointment in 1999, he had worked as a Livestock Extension Officer to popularize and transfer generated livestock technologies in the field, and a District Livestock Officer, responsible for the planning and implementation of livestock development in one of the 20 dzongkhags in the country. He also worked as a Program Manager at the Regional Livestock Development Centre, Zhemgang district to coordinate livestock development planning, and provide technical backstopping to livestock sector in four districts of east central region. He has worked with researchers in the Renewable Natural Resources-Research and Development Centre, Jakar, Bumthang District for about two years and published articles online at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jigme_Wangdi. He then worked for the Planning and Policy Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests as a Tsamdro (Rangeland) Coordinator to coordinate and implement rangeland related activities in the Country. Now, he is working for the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests as the Principal Livestock Health Officer.

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Joseph Putunoi            JOSEPH PPORT       Flag_of_Kenya_svg

Joseph Putunoi is a Rangelands Managment Officer with NRT in charge of the West region. He received his BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of Nairobi in 2014. Througout university life, Joseph worked in Oriental Commercial Bank, Nairobi, as a Management Trainee undertaking managerial and competency banking skills and knowledge. Upon completion of University Education, he worked with African Educational Trust and many community based projects on school based prorammes and community-led initiatives. Joseph has since then extended his community passion by accepting to work with NRT on grazing planning and management, empowering and improving knowledge to local communities towards a sustainable rangelands in Northern Kenya. He currently lives in Nanyuki with family.

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Adilet Bekboev                            Adilet          Krygystan

Adilet Bekboev was born in July 14, 1986. He studied sociology at Bishkek Humanitarian University and got his Master’s degree in Management of NGOs in the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kyrgyz Republic. He proceeded to work with organizations which mostly implement projects related to natural resource management and development of local communities in mountainous areas of Kyrgyz Republic. In his free time, Adilet loves to taking photos, filming, reading and traveling. Currently, he is in search of interesting field of work for PhD. He is grateful for a wife who shares his professional life, an amazing group of family members, friends and colleagues, Adilet hopes and believes that the result of his work really helps to change people’s life in a positive way.

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Yacouba Santara      Yacouba      Flag_of_Mali.svg

Yacouba Santara, Project Management Specialist (Oversight Livestock, Fisheries and Seed), joined USAID/Mali in June 1992. Mr. Santara is in charge of activities related to Livestock under the Agricultural Production Group, AOTR for Livestock for Growth/AECOM contract. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute Rural Training and Research Applied in Katibougou.

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Priscilla Lalampaa               Priscilla      Flag_of_Kenya_svg                                                   

Priscilla Lalampaa was born and brought up in Samburu pastoralist  set up in Kenya. She is  a Rangeland Ecology and Management expert who works with pastoral communities in Northern Rangeland Trust conservancies on planned grazing and land rehabilitation. She  has more than 6  years of experience working with pastoral communities on conservation ecology. She has also worked with communities around Mau forest to promote forest protection and alternative livelihoods for communities around forested areas. She has a masters in Rangeland Ecology and management from The University of Nairobi and  BSc. in Management of Agro-Ecosystems and Environment. She loves working with pastoral communities and through her work communities are able to manage their land in sustainable manner.

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Makhmud Shaumarov      Pass-Photo-Shaumarov    Uzbekistan

Makhmud Shaumarov is a Research Field Coordinator for livestock productivity improvement project at the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas Regional Office for Central Asia and the Caucasus. He also pursues his Doctoral degree at the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Sub-tropics at the University of Hohenheim (Germany). As a professional in rural development, he has research and development experience in Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on issues related to poverty reduction, food security, sustainable natural resources management, livestock and pastoral management, desertification and development interventions. His current research focuses on pre- and post-socialist transition reforms in dryland pastoral systems in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, with particular focus on governance issues, livestock management, pasture land tenure issues, institutional obstacles, and political economy challenges. Prior to joining the University of Hohenheim and ICARDA, Makhmud worked at the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan to support projects in rural development, energy efficiency, biodiversity conservation and land/water resources management.

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Toshpulot Rajabov       Toshpulot       Uzbekistan

Toshpulot Rajabov is an expert on Rangeland Ecology and Management and at the same time acts as a Head of the Scientific Department at Samarkand State University, Uzbekistan. He  has more than 10 years of experience working on ecology of rangeland vegetation and its sustainable management in different ecological zones of Uzbekistan. He received his PhD in Rangeland Ecology in 2012. The specific focus of Dr. Rajabov’s research is to study the dynamics of plant communities in the condition of livestock grazing; to develop state and transition modeling of grazing induced vegetation changes; to integrate GIS and Remote Sensing methods for assessing the current condition of rangeland ecosystems. Dr. Rajabov has extensive research experience in international research and development projects of GEF/UNDP, GL CRSP, FFI, ICARDA, ICBA. Due to his excellent scientific performance he was awarded several distinguished international fellowships as UNU-LRT (2009), DAAD (2007, 2012). Currently, he is a coordinator of 2 scientific state projects of young researchers on sustainable management of rangeland vegetation in semi desert zones of Uzbekistan. Has more than 50 publications in local and international journals and conference proceedings.

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Siqi Liang                  SiqiLiang     china

Siqi is a postgraduate student of Sichuan University majoring in Conservation Biology. Currently she is studying plateau pika, livestock grazing, and grassland health in the eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. She lives in Chengdu when she is not involved in field work. She is also a birder and a passionate conservation manager who wants to combine ecology and economic study together to pursue possible solutions with local residents and other players. She is a fan of Biodiversity and Game theory and also hopes to puruse her PhD in these areas.

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Reta Assegid        IMG_Reta     Ethiopia

Mr. Reta Assegid Roro holds BSc degree in Agricultural Economics (Haramaya University, Ethiopia) and MSc degree in Agribusiness, Extension and Rural Development (University College Dublin, Ireland) and has been working for the Ethiopian Government, a NGO and USAID Missions in Ethiopia and Iraq over the last 20+ years. Reta specializes in Agriculture and Rural Development projects design, appraisal and management and has extensive experience in field level assessments, monitoring and evaluation of these projects. Reta is now holding the position of Senior Livelihoods Advisor at USAID/Ethiopia Mission and manages the implementation of the mission’s flagship livelihoods activity called ‘Feed the Future – Livelihoods for Resilience’ with total budget of $60 million. Reta played volleyball at university and takes exercising seriously. Reta lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with his wife and three sons.

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 Revocatus Magayane            Capture         tanzania                                                                          

Revocatus is the Environmental Education Program Officer for Tanzania People & Wildlife.  His work focuses on implementing education programs for more than 6,000 youth and adults in different communities across northern Tanzania. He manages after-school wildlife clubs, environmental summer camps, and high school scholarships, and co-teaches adult seminars on sustainable natural resource management. After community members complete the seminars, he guides them from education to action through the implementation of projects that improve local environmental conditions. In addition to my educational responsibilities, he acts as a political attaché for community and government relations. He grew up on Ukerewe island in Lake Victoria and earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies. He is happy to represent the voice of conservation while always considering the need of the community. In 2015, he was named a Disney Conservation Hero.

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Loshiro Alais                 Loshiro    tanzania

Loshiro Alais has served as Tanzania People & Wildlife’s Rangeland Management Program Officer since 2015. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tumaini University and is currently working towards his master’s degree in development studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. Much of Loshiro’s time is spent in local community meetings discussing population increases, water use, farming procedures, and dry and wet season grazing patterns. He also trains community representatives how to measure the quality of their pastures. Loshiro is motivated by the challenge of improving the livelihoods of local Maasai communities while simultaneously protecting the surrounding environment from the impact of negative agricultural practices.