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Independent External Evaluation 2015

Key contact details

Keith Child, Principal Scientist – Impact Assessment and Learning, ILRI; (k.child(at )

The Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) Office of CGIAR is responsible for System-level Independent External Evaluations, through strategic evaluations of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) and institutional elements of CGIAR.

The evaluation of the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program is one of several CRP evaluations which the IEA is currently conducting. Led by a fully independent evaluation team, with quality assurance and management by IEA, the purpose of the forward-looking evaluation is to inform decision-making by the Livestock and Fish management, funders and partners. It aims to enhance the program's performance and likelihood of achieving its program objectives of increasing productivity and performance of small‐scale livestock and fish production systems and related value chains.

Read more about the evaluation: Independent Evaluation Arrangement evaluation of Livestock and Fish program

The members of the team are:

  1. Anni McLeod, evaluation team leader
  2. John Morton, evaluation team member
  3. Peter Udén, evaluation team member
  4. Felix von Sury, evaluation team member
  5. Rex Dunham, evaluation team member.
  6. Paolo Ajmone Marsan
  7. Julie Fitzpatrick
  8. Rachel Sauvinet Bedouin, Head IEA,
  9. Sophie Zimm, evaluation analyst, IEA

Former team members: 1. Brian Perry, resigned 2. Ed Rege, resigned (conflict of interest)


Independent evaluation team biographies:

Team leader: Anni McLeod Dr Anni McLeod is an independent consultant based in Edinburgh, UK, who specialises in livestock economics and policy and the management of organisations and projects. She has worked for 30 years with governments, international agencies and research systems worldwide. For seven years Anni was the Senior Livestock Policy Officer in the Animal Production and Health Division of FAO, where her portfolio covered many aspects of livestock sector analysis, policy advice and organisational strategy. She managed the socio-economics programme for the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, which advised on compensation strategies for avian influenza and the socio-economic impacts of disease control strategies. She also contributed to FAO’s culture change initiative and to the strategy for the gender programme. Until 2003 she was a staff member of PAN Livestock Services and the Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics Research Unit at the University of Reading, carrying out consultancies and field research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK. For four years she was based at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute as leader of the socio-economics skills group for a DFID-funded project.

Recent assignments have covered economic impacts of infectious diseases of livestock in Viet Nam, costs and benefits of a disease-free zone in Zambia, socio-economic and market consequences of FMD control strategies in Namibia, strategy advice to FAO’s animal health programme, implications of livestock sector trends for animal welfare, and gender issues in smallholder dairy market chains in Afghanistan. Anni is currently a peer reviewer for the British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems programme and a member of its independent advisory group. She contributed to the review of extension proposals of CGIAR research programmes conducted by the Independent Science and Partnership Council.

John Morton Professor John Morton has a BA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Hull, both in social anthropology, the latter for a study of semi-nomadic pastoralists in north-eastern Sudan. He has worked for twenty years at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, where he is now Professor of Development Anthropology and Head of the Livelihood and Institutions Department. John has extensive experience in research and consultancy on social, institutional and policy aspects of livestock development for a variety of international donors, working in pastoral, mixed-crop livestock and smallholder dairy system. From 1995 to 2006 he was Socio-Economic Adviser, then Regional Dissemination, Promotion and Uptake Co-ordinator, for DFID’s Livestock Production Research Programme. Recent work includes responsibility for the institutional and policy component of DFID’s impact assessment and learning from the Ugandan Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness Campaign, being Team Leader of DFID’s Strategic Review of the Democracy, Growth and Peace for Pastoralists Project in Ethiopia, and being a Team Member for the Strategic Overview of Livestock Research Undertaken by the CGIAR. John also has expertise on climate change impacts and adaptation and was Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Chapter on Rural Areas of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Felix von Sury Dr Felix von Sury has a PhD in Agricultural Science from ETH Zurich, and extensive experience in international development cooperation. He served for 13 years in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swiss Foreign Ministry, where among other posts he was Country Director for Nepal, and Division Head for Eastern Europe. From 2000 until 2011 he was Executive Director of Intercooperation, a major Swiss development NGO active mainly in the fields of renewable natural resources, agriculture, forestry and climate change. Long-term assignments have taken him to Peru, Australia and India. Since 2012 von Sury has been a freelance consultant.

Rex Dunham Dr. Rex Dunham is a Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Auburn University, USA has 38 years of experience in the area of Aquaculture and Fisheries Genetics. He lives in the USA and lived for two years in the Philippines where he served as the Program Leader/Senior Scientist, Genetic Enhancement and Breeding Program, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management. His areas of expertise include quantitative genetics and selective breeding, genetic biotechnology, genetic engineering, genomics, population genetics, aquaculture and reproduction. He has directed research projects in the USA, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast. He has been a consultant, taught, or served on review teams and panels in the USA, Canada, Philippines, Brazil, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Spain, Italy and Vietnam. Rex has published more than 300 scholarly works, including 159 peer reviewed journal articles as well as refereed symposium papers, book chapters and major reports. He has directed 50 graduate theses/dissertations (26 were international students). He has sole authored two books, Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology: Genetic Approaches, editions 1 and 2. Rex has won numerous research awards and recognitions, and has served as the President of the International Association of Genetics in Aquaculture during 2009-2012. He has considerable experience in assisting in the transfer and utilization of improved fish germplasm in developed and developing countries, and his research on genetics, selection and reproduction of catfish and hybrid catfish has been widely applied in the US catfish industry. Rex served on the Board of Trustees, GIFT (Genetic Improvement of Farmed Tilapia) Foundation International, Philippines and led the final stages of the GIFT project.

Peter Udén Dr. Peter Udén received his PhD from Cornell University 1978 in Animal Science/Animal Nutrition and became senior lecturer 1980 at the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In 1992, he also became an Associate Professor at the Department. Since 2007, he is the Head of the Feed Science Division within the Department but is presently employed at 20% of full time by the University. He has written some 100 research articles and also been Editor in Chief for some 10 years for the Animal Feed Science and Technology journal. In the area of animal nutrition, he has worked with the study of feed resources in Sweden, Tanzania and Vietnam while supervising PhD students in their sandwich programs at SLU. He has also supervised MSc students from countries such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Vietnam.

Paolo Ajmone Marsan Paolo Ajmone Marsan is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Zootechnics and of the Nutrigenomic and Proteomic Research Center – PRONUTRIGEN – of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He coordinated the research on dairy cattle in two national projects on livestock genomics that primed genomic selection in Italiam Holstein. He participated in several EU projects and coordinated GLOBALDIV (GenRes, 2007-2009) “A global view of livestock biodiversity and conservation” and ECONOGENE (FP5-2002-2004) "Sustainable conservation of animal genetic resources in marginal rural areas: integrating molecular genetics, socio-economic and geostatistical approaches". He has been member of the Italian delegation of the EU FP7 Programme Committee in Area 2. He is scientific Advisor of FAO/IAEA projects, member of the Central Technical Commission of ANAFI (Italian Holstein-Friesian cattle breeder association), section editor of Genetics Selection Evolution, member of the editorial board of Animal Genetics, guest editor of Frontiers in Genetics and author of more than 90 papers in peer reviewed international journals with impact factor ISI. His research is on the investigation of DNA for reconstructing livestock domestication; estimating farm animal diversity for conservation purposes; tracing the origin of animal products; identifying useful and deleterious genes for beef and dairy milk production, genome wide selection approaches and detecting the effects of diet and nutrients on gene expression in animal models.

Julie Fitzpatrick

File:Julie Fitzpatrick CV update CGIAR.DOCX

2016 CGIAR-IEA: Final Report