Date:March 14, 2013

Ann Waters-Bayer







Ann Waters-Bayer

Ann Waters-Bayer worked for 25 years with ETC as agricultural sociologist; after retirement in 2014, she became a senior associate of the organisation. Her focus is on processes of participatory research and extension in agriculture and natural resource management that enhance local capacities to adapt to changing conditions. Since the 1970s, her particular passion has been for pastoralist development, in which she has advised numerous organisations in Africa and Asia. She led several reviews and evaluations, such as for SDC’s (Switzerland) strategy for pastoral development in the Horn of Africa, review of the IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) Drylands Programme 1987–2009, and evaluating the pastoral development programme of Cordaid in Eastern Africa.

She is an avid networker who likes to link people in communities of practice and also likes sharing information and lessons through presentations, panel discussion, books, articles and policy briefs on agricultural innovation, participatory research and development, ecological agriculture, climate-change adaptation, pastoralist development and gender issues. She holds the seat for civil society organisations in the European Forum for Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD), of which she is the Vice-Chair, and is a member of the Strategic Leadership Group of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS).

Core expertise
• knowledge management
• network development
• policy advice
• evaluation & reviews
• participatory research

Current projects/programmes:
• Prolinnova (PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management) – global
• CLIC–SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research: strengthening community resilience to change) – Eastern Africa
• Collaboration between Prolinnova and the CRP Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on SOcial Learning LINKing Knowledge with Action (SOLLINKKA) – Eastern & West Africa
• Collaboration between Prolinnova and the CRPs AAS and CCAFS in assessing the factors for and indicators of enhancing the capacity to innovate at community level – global