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|I am a scientist holding the position of Economist-Resilience and Innovation for Dryland Systems at the International Livestock Research Institute, based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Here I work with the index-based livestock insurance (IBLI) team to reduce the impacts of drought on pastoralists in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Much of my work has focused on issues related to the insurance product quality, uptake, and impacts. This work has also led to an interested in alternative approaches to data collection and monitoring, which has, so far, manifested in a project that crowdsourced information on rangeland conditions from pastoralists in northern Kenya and validate them though the web (CSRC) and a separate effort to track post-flood recovery in Malawi by collecting high frequency data.
Before moving to ILRI, I was a postdoc at Cornell University, where I also received my PhD in Applied Economics and Management. Before arriving at Cornell, I spent two years in Mali as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with small-holder farmers. That led me to the University of Missouri-Columbia where I received my Master's in Agricultural and Applied Economics as a Peace Corps Fellow. During my time in Missouri, I had the good fortune to work with an excellent team of scientists in Bolivia and at Missouri, learning about coping mechanisms and market integration of agro-pastoralists on the Altiplano.