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Sikhalazo Dube

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Chair - Flagship Coordinator

Home organization: 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Position in home organization: 

Regional Representative- Southern Africa, ILRI


 Prof. Sikhalazo Dube is a Full Professor and He has extensive experience in research and training at all levels (farmers, tertiary and further education). His research, student supervision and policy inputs focus on rangelands ecology and gender: the dialogue between science, resources users and policy formulators, development of decision support tools and mapping of resources in light of a changing world. He has participated, at SADC level, in the review of the Regional Agriculture Policy; served as a consultant for a number of national and international organizations.

He holds a PhD in Rangeland Ecology and Management (with GIS certification) from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

He is ILRI’s Regional Representative for Southern Africa, and serves as the ESA Flagship Coordinator for the DS, CRP

Prior to joining ILRI he was a Research Team Manager: Rangelands Management and Forage Program at the ARC-API. He has previously worked as Senior Scientist (Ecosystems Modeling) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria in the Global Change and Ecosystems Dynamics Research Group, Head of Department Livestock and Pasture Sciences, University of Fort Hare and He is a Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WOCAN) Africa Gender Trainer.

His publications include over 40 articles in scientific journals, proceedings, books and chapters in books. He is an author and co-author of several technical reports.

He is an active member of several scientific and professional associations such as Grassland Society of Southern Africa, SACNASP. He is a Trustee and former President. He is chairman of the Lupane State University Management Committee in South Africa, and Director of LSU NPO.

His current research interests focus livestock, natural resource management, climate change and gender.