Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Principal scientist, Animal breeding and genetics

I am a principal scientist within ILRI and currently lead the Livestock Genetics Flagship of the Livestock CRP.  I have been with ILRI since 2007 based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Whilst my main area of expertise is in animal breeding and genetics, I typically work as a member of multi- or trans-disciplinary programs, aimed at addressing the multiple and varied constraints within a particular livestock value chain or system.  I strongly believe that to make positive change in these challenging systems a multi-faceted approach - working at different scales and with different actors - is required.  I am also very passionate about ensuring the work we do within animal breeding and genetics, and more generally, is gender responsive and promotes women’s empowerment.  I have worked in numerous different livestock systems focusing on different species (mainly cattle, small ruminants and pigs) in varied countries within African and Asia.

My Projects

Genomic reference resource for African cattle

My Publications

Exploring genetic diversity and selection signatures in indigenous African cattle breeds

  • Friedrich, J.
  • Bailey, R.
  • Talenti, A.
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Prendergast, J.
  • Wiener, P.

SAPLING protocol for obtaining baseline data on value-chain performance and inclusion, as well as innovation use by service providers, applicable to the 15 SAPLING livestock value-chains

  • Marshall, Karen
  • Poole, Elizabeth J.
  • Teufel, Nils
  • Njehu, Alice
  • Baltenweck, Isabelle

The effect of COVID-19 control measures on small-holder pig-keeping households in Uganda, analysed through a gender lens

  • Marshall, Karen
  • Mekuriaw, Getinet
  • Ouma, Emily A.

Co-creation of innovation packages with pig value chain actors and district stakeholders in Uganda in the context of the One CGIAR Initiative Sustainable Animal Productivity for Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender Inclusion (SAPLING)

  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Ahumuza, Ronnie
  • Oba, Peter
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Njuguna-Mungai, Esther
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Wairagala, Pamela
  • Namatovu, Jane
  • Hasahya, Emmanuel
  • Lukuyu, Ben A.

Gendered business models for improved cattle artificial insemination service delivery in Vietnam

  • Marshall, Karen
  • Burkart, Stefan
  • Thinh Nguyen
  • Bravo, Aura

Development of a weigh-band for pigs in Uganda (Data on weights and body measurements of Ugandan pigs)

  • Marshall, Karen
  • Poole, Elizabeth J.
  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Kugonza, Donald