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Polly Ericksen is the Programme Leader for Livestock Systems and Environment at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a BA in history, and MSc in Economics, and a PhD in Soil Science.
Her specific areas of research are managing livestock systems to enhance both food security and key ecosystem services; options for lessening the vulnerability of pastoral livelihoods; strategies for mitigating the environmental foot print of livestock systems, and improving rangeland management, and adapting livestock systems to the impacts of climate change.. Prior to joining ILRI in 2010, she worked for the ASB System-wide Programme of the CGIAR, Catholic Relief Services, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, and the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. She has worked extensively in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.