Wiebke Förch

Wiebke Förch joined as CCAFS Science Officer in September 2010. Wiebke  currently serves as Science Officer for the CCAFS Policies and Institutions Flagship, based in Nairobi, Kenya at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

She holds a PhD from the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona, focusing on community resilience in drylands of Tigray, Ethiopia. She holds a Bachelors (Honors) Degree in Agriculture from the University of Reading.

Her professional experience and research interests revolve around food security, resilience and vulnerability, global change impacts on society and the enabling environments, governance and institutions to support communities in adapting to climate change. She is also interested in research for development processes and social or transformative learning, how to work with theories of change and impact pathways to increase the effectiveness of research to contribute towards development outcomes. 

Wiebke is originally from Germany, but has spent her childhood as well as much of her professional life abroad, and she comes with experience garnered in places such as Ethiopia, Yemen, Tanzania and India.

Recent Publications:

Förch W, Kristjanson PM, Cramer L, Barahona C, Thornton PK (2014). Back to baselines: Measuring change and sharing data. Agriculture and Food Security 3, 13

Pérez C, Jones E, Kristjanson P, Cramer L, Thornton P, Förch W, Barahona C. 2014. How resilient are farming households, communities, men and women to a changing climate in Africa? CCAFS Working Paper 80. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Vervoort J, Thornton P, Kristjanson P, Förch W, Ericksen P, Kok K, Ingram J, Herrero M, Palazzo A, Helfgott A, Wilkinson A, Havlik P,  Mason-D'Croz D, Chris J. 2014. Challenges to scenario-guided adaptive action on food security under climate change. Global Environmnetal Change 28: 383–394.

Kristjanson P, Vervoort J, Alvarez S, Ferdous N, Förch W, Jost, CC. 2014. Lessons in theory of change: monitoring, learning and evaluating Knowledge to Action. CCSL Learning Brief No. 9. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sebastian L, Kristjanson P, Förch W, Jost C. 2014. Lessons in theory of change: CCAFS Southeast Asia Research for Development Workshop. CCSL Learning Brief No. 8. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jost C, Kristjanson P, Alvarez S, Schuetz T, Förch, W, Cramer, L, Thornton, P 2014.  Lessons in theory of change: experiences from CCAFS. CCSL Learning Brief No. 6 CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Carlile L, Ballantyne P, Ensor J, Förch W, Garside B, Harvey B, Patterson Z, Thornton P, Woodend J. 2013. Climate change and social learning (CCSL): supporting local decision making for climate change, agriculture and food security. CCSL Learning Brief No. 1. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Förch, W. (2012) Community resilience in drylands and implications for local development in Tigray, Ethiopia. PhD Dissertation. University of Arizona.

Thornton P, Vervoort J, Förch W, Ericksen P, Kok K, Ingram J, Herrero M, Kristjanson P. 2012. The role of regional scenarios in CCAFS cross-scale research, planning and action toward improved food security, environments and livelihoods. Working Paper. CGIAR Research Program on Climate change, agriculture and food security (CCAFS), Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kristjanson P, Neufeld H, Gassner A, Thornton P K, Förch W, Mango J, Kyazze F, Desta S, Kayula G, Thiede B and Kinyangi J (2012). Are food insecure smallholder households making changes in their farming practices? Evidence from East Africa.  Food Security (published online May 25, 2012)

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