International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya - (ILRI)

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International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ILRI employs over 700 staff from about 40 countries, operating at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. All ILRI work is conducted in extensive and strategic partnerships that facilitate and add value to the contribution of many other players in livestock research for development work. ILRI employs an innovation systems approach to enhance the effectiveness of its research. Fundamental change in culture and process must complement changes in technologies to support innovations at all levels, from individual livestock keepers to national and international decision-makers. ILRI’s strategic intention is to use livestock as a development tool. ILRI is funded by more than 60 private, public and government organisations.

An Notenbaert is a land use planner with almost 15 years of R&D experience in Belgium and Africa. Currently she is working as a Spatial Analyst working in the "sustainable livestock futures" program in ILRI. In this capacity she provides spatial analysis for a wide range of studies across the institute. Her work focuses on methodologies for strategic analysis on the poverty-environment nexus with a special interest in climate change issues.

Patrick Kariuki is an earth scientist and geospatial technology specialist with over 17 years of work experience in their application in Land Resources Assessment and livestock science. Beginning his  career in land cover mapping, land use mapping, land use planning, land evaluation, crop yield estimation and mapping of natural resources, he has also been involved in Early Warning Programmes. He holds a  PhD in remote sensing application and has published widely in this area. Recently he has focused on the use of remote sensing in livestock related research where adverse weather conditions are involved.

Bernard Bett is a veterinary epidemiologist based at ILRI. He has experience of investigating various intervention strategies, and has in the past conducted participatory epidemiological surveys amongst Somali and Turkana pastoralists to evaluate the impacts of a number of animal health problems including RVF. He has an MSc and PhD from the University of Nairobi.

Jeffrey Mariner is a veterinary epidemiologists with 20 years experience in disease control, surveillance and research in Africa and Asia. He has an interest in participatory approaches to animal health service delivery and disease surveillance. He obtained a PhD from the University of Guelph University with a dissertation on infectious disease modeling of rinderpest and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia.

ILRI-based researchers will mainly be involved in managing and analysing spatial data, in research on environmental-RVF relationships and dynamics, and in the development and delivery of Decision Support tools. ILRI staff will also provide supervisory input to two postgraduate research students (one PhD and one MSc) funded through the research.

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