Environmental Modeller

Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT


Jessica Mukiri is a environmental modeller with the Tropical Forages team at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. Her research interests include farming systems, sustainable food systems, climate change and gender. Her work involves assessing the environemental trade-offs within mixed crop-livestock farming systems in Central, East and Southern Africa.


  • Farming systems
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Gender
  • Climate Change


  • MESc in Environmental Science, 2012 – 2015

    Kenyatta University

  • BSc in Biology (Honours), 2009 - 2011

    Catholic University of Eastern Africa



Environmental Modeler – Research Associate

Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Aug 2017 – Present Nairobi, Kenya

In this role I analyze agro-environmental and socio-economic impacts of forage technologies using models, I develop and improve household surveys and models, we develop these internally and collaborate in interdisciplinary research with partners both locally and internationally.

Current research includes:

  • Climate Change Adaptation Through Planted Forages in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania , is done in collaboration with at CSIRO in Australia, where we use the Crop Livestock Enterprise Model (CLEM) to run future climate scenarios to quantify trade-offs of different animal feeding scenarios
  • Environmental assessments of livestock systems using CLEANED in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Uganda
  • Training: CLEANED Virtual training

Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator

Jan 2016 – Jul 2017 Nairobi, Kenya
Assessed if participating smallholder farms were viable for bamboo farming through structured trainings and follow-ups.Managed the outreach team of five people, together we successfully coordinating the planting of over 10,000 bamboo seedlings with the company.

Recent Publications

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Towards a cropping system sustainability tool (CROSST) - Pilot results from evaluating green manure cover crops in Benin and Kenya.

CROSST is an Excel-based tool that assesses both agro-environmental and socio-economic impacts of Green Manure Cover Crop (GMCC) technologies.

CLEANED an ex-ante tool assessing the environmental impacts of livestock systems and value chains.

CLEANED is a static based model which assess multiple environmental impacts of a livestock enterprises on an annual basis.