I am an external student based at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya
MSc in Agroforestry (Bangor University) Research on local knowledge associated with natural regeneration and tree management in Sahelian parklands, Mali. (2010) BSc (Hons) in Rural Environment Studies (Wye College – University. of London) (1992 – 1995)
Dr Fergus Sinclair and Dr Tim Pagella
My research is trans-disciplinary and involves a mix of socio-anthropological, agronomic and ecological sciences. I am particularly interested in the contribution of local ecological knowledge to better understand the dynamics between land use change, tree management and ecosystem services and to explore how on-farm tree diversity can build resilience in smallholders' livelihoods and rural landscapes. My expertise is in local knowledge acquisition and participatory research methods. My research work is embedded in development projects where I focus on collecting and analyzing local knowledge and integrating it with scientific knowledge to design customized extension material and enhance social learning about natural resource management. I have experience of both the drylands and humid tropics having conducted research across a wide range of farming systems from subsistence agriculture in post-conflict DRC, perennial cash crop systems in Cote d'Ivo ire and Rwanda to Sahelian parklands in Mali and Bukina Faso.
Smith Dumont, E., Gnahoua, G. M., Ohouo, L., Sinclair, F. , & Vaast, P. (2014). Farmers in Côte d'Ivoire value integrating tree diversity in cocoa for the provision of ecosystem services. Agroforestry Systems, 88(6), 1047-‐1066. Smith Dumont, E., Bonhomme, S., Sinclair, F. (2015) Technical Agroforestry Guide for tree selection and management in North-‐Kivu DRC – ICRAF Nairobi Smith Dumont, E. Kuria, A., Okot, D., Owusu, K., Sida, T., Ziantoni, V., Muthuri, C. , Kindt R., Sinclair, F. (2012) Useful Trees for the Lake Tanganyika basin. A tree selection and management support toolkit. ICRAF, Nairobi
World Agroforestry Centre
I am a French student currently studying for a PhD in agroforestry while working as a research associate at the World Agroforestry Centre based in Kenya.