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Leigh Winowiecki

Scientist, World Agroforestry

Dr. Leigh Ann Winowiecki is a Soil Systems Scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF) based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has over 15 years of experience working in the global tropics on key issues around land restoration, sustainable agricultural intensification and soil carbon dynamics. Over the last decade she has had a critical role in developing and implementing ICRAF’s Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF), a systematic monitoring framework for assessing soil and land health. This methodology has been implemented in over 40 countries in collaboration with multiple partners, including national governments and international organizations and is currently used to track changes overtime and monitor restoration efforts across SSA. She has published widely on soil organic carbon, ecosystem services and land degradation across Africa, including a coherent set of widely cited publications on ecosystem health based on the LDSF dataset. She currently leads an IFAD-EU funded initiative on Restoration of Degraded Lands in East Africa and the Sahel ( which implements the Research in Development approach to scale restoration options (

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