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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 (, as well as a DFID-funded project on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in east and southern Africa (
Recently, she was nominated as a landscape laurel:


  • –present
    Soil Systems Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)