PREPARED-PIK is comprised of a research team from the Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, focusing on Dryland Ecology and Pastoral Livelihoods. The team is led by Dr. Oliver Wasonga, who is the principal investigator of the two research projects: i) “Fodder Production for Enhanced Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the Drylands of Kenya“ and “Packing Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Policy, Development and Pastoral Community Action in Kenya (PIK)“. These projcets aim to: i) improve fodder production in the drylands as a way of enhancing resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Kenya; and ii) revitalize pastoral indigenous knowledge systems in natural resource management, livestock husbandry, and early warning systems, with the aim of promoting use of local knowledge, informing policy and guiding communities’ action at local level.
Oliver Vivian Wasonga, Ph.D.
Dr. Wasonga is an Ecologist with specialization in Rangeland Ecology and Pastoral Livelihoods and 16 years’ experience in work related to range management and pastoral producion systems. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) at the University of Nairobi.
Areas of Competence
- Rangeland Ecologist with speciality in Dryland Ecosystems Analyses
- Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
- Economics of Pastoral Production Systems
Collaborative Research Projects
- Fodder Production for Enhanced Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the Drylands of Kenya (PREPARED).
- Re-Packing Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Policy, Development and Pastoral Community Action in Kenya (PIK)
- Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)
- RELOAD Project