Leigh Ann Winowiecki

Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki is a Soil Systems Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research focuses on landscape-scale assessments of soil and land health, developing soil organic carbon stock accounting methodologies and assessing socio-ecological drivers of productivity and land degradation across diverse landscapes. She is committed to work with smallholder farmers to increase their on-farm productivity and improve their livelihoods, which includes developing and implementing innovative tools for interacting with farmers to learn from their experiences and develop context-specific approaches to land restoration. She is involved in implementing global assessments of ecosystem health through the Sentinel Landscapes Initiative of CGIAR and through the climate-smart villages within CCAFS. She currently leads an IFAD-EC funded initiative on Restoration of Degraded Lands in East Africa and the Sahel (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/project/restoration-degraded-land-food-security-and-poverty-reduction-east-africa-and-sahel-taking), as well as a DFID-funded project on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in east and southern Africa (http://www.worldagroforestry.org/project/bringing-evidence-bear-negotiating-ecosystem-service-and-livelihood-trade-offs-sustainable). Recently, she was nominated as a landscape laurel: https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/viewpoint/soil-scientist-leigh-winowiecki-leads-project-8000-dry-land-smallholder-farmers/

The missing middle: how enabling environments will translate global commitments into local action

Delegates at Global Soil Week 2019 push for effective land governance, local governance structures, extension services, and finance and markets to ensure sustainable and climate resilient agriculture.