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Silvia Silvestri Senior socio-economist

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CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya

I am an environment and socio-economic expert with over 10 years' track record in research institutes, universities and consultancies on project, programme and partnership management for international environmental and development initiatives.


My expertize spans multiple areas in the social, economic and environmental spheres, with in-depth knowledge on natural resources management, integrated development planning and governance structure; ecosystem services and payment for ecosystem services; socio-economic assessment of climate change impacts; trade-off and cost-benefit analysis of land-use change; ecosystem-based adaptation; food security; biodiversity conservation; climate smart agriculture.


I have experience on community based and participatory processes (eg. stakeholders’ participation, capacity building, information sharing and empowerment, participatory rural appraisal, gender focus groups discussions), and household survey design and implementation.


I have strength in bridging science and policy and in capacity building, acquired through organizing and facilitating workshops and trainings at regional level.


At CABI I lead social science research and support the design and implementation of studies, as well as advising on socio-economics elements across CABI.

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Africa soil health

Poor soil fertility is a key constraint to improving farm productivity and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. It is now widely recognized that increased fertilizer use, integrated with other soil fertility management practises is the way forward. The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) brings together...
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Gender and the Legume Alliance

Legume crops play a key role in household nutritional security and incomes but production is in decline. To rectify this, the Legume Alliance is trying to get information about growing common beans into as many smallholder farming households in Ghana and Tanzania as possible. This work will also look at...