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Caroline Karwitha

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
I am a drylands researcher and specialist. I am currently based at the University of Nairobi, Land Resource Management and Agriculture Technology Department, where I am finalizing my PHD studies in Range Management. My study focus has been exploring the synergy between range management and the drylands value, two significant components that influence each other. Resource management and resource value synergy is much understood in most production systems but less obvious for the drylands. A key source of complexity is most drylands function on a common property regime where people have to make decisions communally. My MSC studies at the University of Wales, Bangor (UK) and BSC studies at Egerton University, Njoro (Kenya) gave me a good foundation on livestock production systems, which happens to be the main livelihood system in the drylands. Prior to my PHD studies, I worked in the Northern Rangelands on Kenya. The work involved addressing the livestock marketing challenges by providing a well - coordinated market. The work also involved promoting collective action through local institutional arrangements. My interest is to engage in work that creates an interface between research and development in the drylands. This is in the areas of community decision making structures, livelihoods strategies, disaster risk reduction and drylands economic valuation.

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