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Dorine Odongo

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Communications Focal Points

Home organization: 

Communications Officer

Position in home organization: 

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


Dorine Odongo holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Information and Communication Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences (botany and zoology), both from The University of Nairobi. Prior to joining ILRI, she worked as a research officer with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) for six years, during which she was in charge of cotton research in western Kenya. Dorine carried out surveys and field experiments in smallholder rural settings, and has further been trained in innovative collaboration for development using social media, a course offered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with FAO. Dorine is an alumnus of the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) in Netherlands, having undertaken a capacity building professional course on ‘Design and Management of Interactive Learning in Rural Innovation’, one of the courses offered by ICRA.

Dorine Odongo is a research communications and knowledge management specialist at the international Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). With a background in research as well as communications, she is well versed with the research language and is able to communicate this to different types of audiences based on their needs.

She is responsible for tracking research outputs and translating these into non-technical language for different types of audiences, including non-scientific stakeholders. Dorine works closely with scientists in the livestock systems and environment program as well as livelihoods, gender and impact program at ILRI with whom she works closely to support them in influencing policy at different levels through their research
Dorine Odongo has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters, conference papers, etc.

  • Robinson, L.W., J. Kagombe, H. Kabugi, F. Kariuki, M.B. Mamo, D.A. Odongo & J.F. Wamboi. (2014). Policy brief: Framework for Natural Resource Governance in Dryland Landscapes in Kenya: Making Ecosystem-Based Management a Reality. Nairobi: Inter-national Livestock Research Institute and Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
  • Zahra, A., Mulema, A., Colverson, K., Odongo, D. and Rischkowsky, B. (2014). A review of Ethiopia small ruminant value chains from a gender perspective. Nairobi: ILRI and Addis Ababa: ICARDA.
  • Dorine Odongo, 2014. Agricultural Information Access Among Smallholder Farmers: Comparative Assessment of Peri-Urban and Rural Settings in Kenya. Agricultural Information Worldwide, Volume 6.
  • Otieno, K., S.O. Akello, D. Odongo and A. Lumumba (2010): “The Effect of Fertilizer and pest control regimes on the incidence of pests, seed cotton yield and profitability of cotton in Western Kenya” The East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal; pp 499-507, 2010
  • Odongo, D A., Mugivane, F., and Olubayo F (2012): Information & Communication Technologies for Agricultural Knowledge Management: Comparative assessment of Peri-urban & Rural settings in Kenya: RUFORUM Working Document Series No. 7 pp869 -875
  • Odongo, D A (2013) Information and Communication Technologies for Agricultural Knowledge Acquisition: What are the bottlenecks for Kenyan smallholders? Working Paper No. 2 of 2013, The Scinnovent Centre Publications available here:

She is an active member of several scientific and professional associations, such as the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD). Her current research interests focus on policy and governance issues in research for development.