CRDD has been created by scientists originating from Northern Kenya trained in transdisciplinary and social-ecological research.
With varied specialization ranging from management of natural resources, land governance, value chain issues and local knowledge in biodiversity among others, the team has a strong capacity to connect the practical programme development and implementation with the scientific sphere. Driven by the passion to work for the local communities, the team is embedded in a network of international and national partners following their years of education and professional engagements in various parts of the world.
Hussein Tadicha Wario
- Credentials: PhD Agricultural Sciences
- Title: Executive Director
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- Phone: +254 721 839 306
- Skype: hussein.wario
Hussein completed his BSc (Botany and Zoology) at the (Kenya) in 2002 and obtained his MSc in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway) in 2006. He conducted his Ph.D. research at DITSL. Hussein holds Bachelor of Science degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Masters in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway and Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Kassel, Germany
Hussein has over 13 years of experience in development and research work among the pastoral communities of Northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. He has worked for CARE International in Kenya for over 4 years in Northern Kenya. During his time with CARE, Hussein worked in various projects. He worked as project officer for Institutional capacity building project (2007-2008) and in 2009 coordinated a project with multiple components such as livelihood activities, water and sanitation and education among refugee-hosting communities in North Eastern Kenya. In 2010 he worked as a program officer in a Global fund funded project in Nairobi and later in 2011 joined the Adaptation Learning Program as a disaster risk reduction officer. After completing his doctoral studies worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in its Natural Resource Management sector in Kenya as National Environment and NRM Officer. During this time, he mainly worked on Land governance and natural resource management. Hussein current heads the Center for Research and Development in Drylands as the Executive Director. He is charged with providing strategic leadership in administrative and programmatic development of the center while working in close collaboration with the organization’s board of management.
His main research interest is on areas of pastoral land-use systems, communal grazing resource management, resource use conflicts, communal land governance, local knowledge, and climate change adaptation
Diba Tari Roba
- Credentials: Bsc. Arts (majors in Economics and Minors in Sociology)
- Title: Programme Associate
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- Phone: +254 722 124 679
- Skype: diba.roba
Diba completed his B. Arts (majors in Economics and Minors in Sociology) at Catholic University of Eastern Africa and obtained second class honors, upper-division.
Diba has over 9 years of experience in development and research work among the pastoral communities of Northern Kenya. He worked for National Taxpayers Association as a research supervisor in Economic Stimulus Programme within Isiolo and Marsabit counties in the year 2010. He has worked for CARE International in Kenya for over 5 years in Marsabit County (2011-2016). While in the care he implemented a livelihood and Financial inclusion program. He worked with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Natural Resource Management and Land use planning (2016-2017), he also worked as project officer with African Development solution in the year 2017 in livelihood and natural resource management and later worked with National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) as a Research Supervisor with Hunger safety net Programme (2017- 2019). Diba currently a Programme associate with the Center for Research and Development in Drylands. He is charged with providing services to Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Programme (KCSAP) with the Ministry of Agriculture.
His research areas of interest include social economics, sociology, natural resource use systems.
Mumina Gollo Bonaya
- Credentials: M.A Gender and Development Studies
- Title: Programme Associate
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- Phone: +254 723 445 166
Mumina obtained a Master of Arts degree in Gender and Development Studies (2013-to 2018) and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and communications from the University of Nairobi. She also undertook other courses that include:
- Pastoralism and Policy-Training delivered by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)-2015,2017
- Climate Change and Adaptation-An online based training by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (unitary)-2014
- Mwongozo-The Code of Governance for State Corporations-Training organized and delivered jointly by Public Service Commission (PSC) and SCAC in 2015
- Corporate Governance Programme-Training delivered by The Kenya Institute of Management in 2014
Mumina Bonaya holds Master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies and has over ten (10) year experience working in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy formulation, natural resource governance, resilience building, sustainable drylands and livelihoods management, particularly pastoralism. Mumina has direct experience not only in developing climate change policies and legislation at both national and county levels but also demonstrable expertise in climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate finance, and institutional buildings.
Mumina led Adaptation Consortium1 devolved climate finance work in Kenya that supported counties to establish County Climate Change Fund Mechanism to prepare counties to access climate finance and mainstream climate in planning in support of adaptation for resilient economic development and poverty reduction. In this regard, Mumina has contributed immensely to research and evidence to inform policy processes and decision making in support of resilient development.
Mumina also has vast experience in providing guidance on policy issues for effective governance and management of public institutions and resources, this is demonstrable in her work/achievements at government/public bodies where she served as a director. In addition, she has got hands-on experience in mainstreaming gender and other vulnerable groups (youth, PWDs, the ultra-poor, etc) in programs and development to ensure inclusion.
Patricia Jebet Kiprono
- Credentials: Msc in Nutrition
- Title: PhD student
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- Phone: +254726391515
- Skype: patriciakiprono
Patricia completed her BSc. Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics at Egerton University, Kenya in 2015 and obtained her MSc Nutrition from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (HUJI) in 2020. Additionally, she pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health from The University of Manchester (2017-2019) and prior to that was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Humanitarian Operations Programs from Oxford Brookes University and Save the Children International (2017). She is currently undertaking her PhD research at DITSL, Germany, and CRDD, Kenya.
Patricia has experience in humanitarian, research, and development programs. She started her career as a humanitarian trainee at Save the Children hosted by Trocaire, Sudan where she worked on projects in health, nutrition, education, WASH, and women empowerment. She also supported other country programs during drought response among the ASAL areas. Towards completion of her MSc, she joined One Acre Fund, Kenya as a Nutrition Program Specialist where she led and coordinated the implementation of two multi-site longitudinal nutrition research studies that assessed an integrated nutrition and agriculture intervention. She also designed a Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) project concentrating on nutrition and gender dynamics where multiple strategies were adopted including digitized communication channels. Patricia has also worked as a research assistant and volunteer in different health & nutrition projects and organizations/institutes. She is currently a doctoral researcher with NaviNut project at DITSL and CRDD focusing on the identification of local women innovations in child feeding practices in Africa drylands applying transdisciplinary research approaches.
Her research interests are in maternal and child nutrition, food security, local knowledge, and innovations among the marginalized and vulnerable populations.
Rita Ahadho Seyere
- Credentials: Bachelor of science in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Title: MSc Student
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- Phone: +254702811041
- Skype: Ritaseyere
She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Mt. Kenya University. She worked for World Vision Kenya in food security and child protection programs for 4 years. She is enrolled at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to pursue a master's degree in Public health. She joins the Navinut project components currently implemented by the German Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) Germany and the Center for Research and Development in Drylands, under which she will undertake her research work.
Rita has experience in implementing nutrition programs. She started her career as a supervisor for a blanket supplementary feeding program carried out by WFP and later as a nutrition project officer in World vision Kenya. She has also implemented a child protection project on an anti-FGM UNICEF-funded grant for 3 years in World vision. This has helped her to realize the role of gender in child nutrition.
Her research interests are in maternal and child nutrition among the Pastoralist community and their indigenous knowledge on the same.
- Credentials: Certificate in Natural Resource Management
- Title: Research Assistant
- Email: Mirriho2018@gmail.com
- Phone: +254726676988
- Skype: Raphael Gudere
Raphael completed his Certificate in Natural Resource Management from The University of Nairobi in 2012. He has attained other certifications from attending short courses, workshops and conferences such as Tropentag, Bonn University (2011), GrassNet Summer School, DITSL (2011), Farmers field school methodology, ILRI & VSFB (2005) among others.
Raphael has over 20 years of experience in research and community development. From 2000-2004, Raphael worked with PEAR innovations where he supported a series of students and professors from Hohenheim University, Germany as a translator and a community liaison between the researchers and the Rendille community.
He has been working with the German Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) from 2000 to date. He has been working as a research assistant with several projects conducted by the University of Hohenheim and DITSL, Germany. These projects include; studies focused on livestock and range management, small-scale decentralized solar technology for rural electrification, textbook development on camel management and most recently a project on livestock branding and certification.
In 2010, he worked with CARE-Kenya under the Hunger Safety Project as a research assistant where he conducted interviews, identified villages & households and mobilized community members for program activities.
Mr. Gudere is currently working as a research assistant for the Navinut project (Enhancing women’s agency in navigating changing food environments to improve child nutrition in African Drylands). The project is coordinated by DITSL and implemented by CRDD and other partners such as JKUAT and Tropical Institute for Community Health. He supports with mobilization of respondent’s identification of positive deviant mothers, data collection through interviews and translation.
His main research interests are in local knowledge, empowerment of the pastoralists, conflict management & resolution and natural resource management such as water and pasture.