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Barbara Rischkowsky

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Representative, ICARDA

Home organization: 

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Position in home organization: 

Senior Livestock Scientist


Dr. Rischkowsky is a livestock scientist, with more than 20 years of experience in production systems analysis and the development of technological and institutional interventions for increasing livestock productivity in resource-poor ruminant production systems. She has also worked on characterization and sustainable utilization of animal genetic diversity. She has a profound experience in acquisition, coordination and management of multi-disciplinary and multi-national projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences with specialization in Animal Sciences from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Since November 2006, She has been working as a Senior and Principal Livestock Scientist leading the small ruminant research group at ICARDA. During this time, she has been developing management strategies for small ruminant production systems in non-tropical drylands with special focus on adaptation to climatic variability and market opportunities. Prior to joining ICARDA, she coordinated the compilation of the first State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at FAO. As Assistant Professor and senior scientist at the Georg-August University in Goettingen and the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, she focused on the analysis of livestock production systems in the tropics and subtropics and the development of productivity indicators which included training of Master and PhD students.

She has authored and co-authored more than 58 peer-reviewed journal publications, and 102 other publications, incl. books, book chapters, conference papers, extension guides and working papers. She is a member of the Global Forum on Food Security led by Iowa State University.
Her current research interests are related to the sustainable development of sheep and goat production systems in dryland including research on meat and fiber value chain development, genetic diversity and adaptive traits, breeding programs for smallholders and feeding systems based on locally available resources.