Rangelands Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator for International Land Coalition's Rangelands Initiative
Fiona has been living and working in Ethiopia for different periods of time over the last fourteen years, mainly on pastoral issues. She has worked for a number of organisations including SOS Sahel, Save the Children/USA, CARE, IIED, IDS-University of Sussex, IFAD, ACDI-VOCA, TetraTech, REGLAP. Fiona currently holds a position jointly funded by ILRI and the International Land Coalition (ILC). This incorporates coordination and technical support to ILC's Global Rangelands Initiative which seeks to make rangelands more secure for local rangeland users. ILRI (as with some other CGIAR centres) is a member of ILC. ILC is a membership-based organisation supporting the development and implementation of pro-poor land policies. Under the Rangelands Initiative Fiona works with ILC members and partners across Africa including in Tanzania through the Sustainable Rangeland Management Project led by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development which seeks to improve the application of village land use planning in rangelands; and in Ethiopia with the Rural Land Administration and Use Directorate-MoA, and the Pastoral Directorate, State Ministry of Livestock and Resources Development on various activities including the development of a Manual for woreda-level participatory land use planning, and the provision of technical support to a Rangeland Management Platform. She also supports the work of the CGIAR Technical Consortium led by ILRI, which provides technical expertise to the development and implementation of Country Programme Papers in the Horn of Africa to build resilience, a process coordinated by IGAD. Other areas of expertise include rangeland ecology, invasive species (Prosopis juliflora), gender, conflict transformation, and participatory research approaches.