Fiona Flinton

Rangelands & Pastoralism Scientist


 Fiona Flintan is a Senior Scientist at ILRI specialising in pastoralism, livestock and climate, land governance and tenure, participatory land use planning, participatory rangeland management (PRM), gender and conflict resolution and/or transformation. She has spent significant time working on these issues across Africa and particularly in East and Horn of Africa. She also leads a number of global projects and initiatives that cover South Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and Latin America too, as well as global engagement to raise awareness on rangelands in UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the upcoming International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) 2026 and the International Land Coalition.

Fiona leads the CGIAR Research Initiative on Livestock and Climate. Other major projects and initiatives that she is currently and/or has been recently involved in include SPARC (Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises), STELARR (Sustainable Investments for Large-Scale Rangeland Restoration), the Sustainable Rangeland Management Project Tanzania, the Piloting of Participatory Rangeland Management Project in Tanzania and Kenya, and HEAL (One Health for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods) operating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. 

Previously Fiona worked for a number of organisations as a consultant and/or employee including SOS Sahel, Ministry of Livestock Ethiopia, Save the Children/USA, CARE, IIED, IDS-University of Sussex, IFAD, ACDI-VOCA, TetraTech and Oxfam/REGLAP. She has a degree in Rural Environmental Studies, and in Environment and Development. Her passion is securing stronger rights to resources and land for pastoralists and raising understanding and support for rangelands globally.