Barbara Ann Rischkowsky

Barbara Ann Rischkowsky
Director - Resilient Agricultural Livelihood Systems Program

Dr. Barbara Rischkowsky is program director of ICARDA’s Resilient Agricultural Livelihood Systems Research Program. She is a livestock scientist with experience in production systems analysis and the development of technological and institutional interventions for increasing livestock productivity in resource-poor ruminant production systems.

Her current research interests are: the sustainable development of sheep and goat production systems in drylands, including research on meat and fiber value chain development; genetic diversity and adaptive traits; breeding programs for smallholders; and feeding systems based on locally available resources. She is also working on the characterization and sustainable utilization of animal genetic diversity. Dr. Rischkowsky is an expert in the acquisition and management of multidisciplinary projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Since 2006, Dr. Rischkowsky has led the small ruminant research group at ICARDA. She has developed management strategies for small ruminant production systems in non-tropical drylands with a special focus on adaptation to climatic variability and market opportunities. Prior to this, she coordinated the production of the first ‘State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources’ for the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Previously, as assistant professor at the Georg-August University, Goettingen, and the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, she focused on the analysis of livestock production systems in the tropics and subtropics.

Dr. Rischkowsky has authored more than 58 peer-reviewed journal publications, and 102 other publications, including books, book chapters, and extension guidelines. She is a member of the Iowa State University-led Global Forum on Food Security. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Barbara Ann Rischkowsky's Publications

Effects of feeding different varieties of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) straws with concentrate supplement on feed intake, digestibility, body weight gain and carcass characteristics of Arsi-Bale sheep
Changes in the milk fatty acid profile of Awassi sheep in response to supplementation with agro-industrial by-products
Estimates of genetic parameters and genetic trends for growth, reproduction, milk production and milk composition traits of Awassi sheep
Impact of grazing on soil, vegetation and ewe production performances in a semi-arid rangeland
Investigations into nematode parasites of goats in pastoral and crop livestock systems of Ethiopia
Analysis of crop residue use in small holder mixed farms in Ethiopia
Evaluation of mohair quality in Angora goats from the Northern dry lands of Tajikistan
Evaluation of desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) hay as a basal diet for growing local sheep in Ethiopia
Nutritive value of field pea (Pisum sativum L.) straw as influenced by variety, season, botanical fractions and urea pretreatment
GnRH and prostaglandin-based synchronization protocols as alternatives to progestogen-based treatments in sheep
Characterization of production system and breeding practices of sheep producers in Doyogena district, Southern Ethiopia
Morphological characteristics and linear body measurements of Doyogena sheep in Doyogena district of SNNPR, Ethiopia
 Variation in the straw traits of morphological fractions of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and implications for selecting for food-feed varieties
Recording birth weight has no significance in village based genetic improvement programs of small ruminants
Morphological and molecular genetic diversity of Syrian indigenous goat populations
Determinants of the utilization of desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) by farmers in Ethiopia
Genetic diversity and structure of goats within an early livestock dispersal area in Eastern North Africa
Review of sheep crossbreeding based on exotic sires and among indigenous breeds in the tropics: An Ethiopian perspective
Multiple genomic signatures of selection in goats and sheep indigenous to a hot arid environment
Do Texas Angora bucks improve mohair weight and quality traits of Tajik Angora goats?
Genetic diversity and structure in Egyptian indigenous sheep populations mirror patterns of anthropological interactions
Characterization of Indigenous Goat Populations in Selected Areas of Ethiopia
Supplementing diets of Awassi ewes with olive cake and tomato pomace: on-farm recovery of effects on yield, composition and fatty acid profile of the milk
Factors affecting the goat producers choice of market place and Marketing efficiency in Afghanistan
Breeding programmes for smallholder sheep farming systems: II. Optimization of cooperative village breeding schemes
Breeding programs for smallholder sheep farming systems: I. Evaluation of alternative designs of breeding schemes
Scaling up successful practices for pro-poor development projects involving goats: First outputs of a comparative study
Feasibility of pedigree recording and genetic selection in village sheep flocks of smallholder farmers
Effect of genetic improvement of body weight on herddynamics and profitability of Ethiopian meat sheep: Adynamic simulation model
Intake pattern and nutrient supply of lactating sheep selecting dried forage from woody plants and straw offered in binary or multiple choice
Potential of pearl millet as a forage crop in wheat-based double cropping system in Central Asia
Nomadic pastoralism in southern Iran
Journal Article
December 01, 2013

The nomadic pastoralist system in Baft district in Kerman province is well known in
Iran for producing cashmere from Raeini goats. However, there is little information
on the production system. Interviews were carried out with 30 Siahjel nomad

Community based sheep breeding programs: Tapping into indigenous knowledge
The emerging small-scale cattle farming sector in Uzbekistan: Highly integrated with crop production but suffering from low productivity
Influence of experience on intake and feeding behavior of dairy sheep when offered forages from woody plants in a multiple-choice situation1
Observations on the efficiency of using different cashmere combs
Optimization of selection for growth in Menz Sheep while minimizing inbreeding depression in fitness traits
Hedonic Analysis of Price Expectations of Goat Producers in Afghanistan: Implications for Production and Marketing Decisions
Gender Roles in Agriculture: The Case of Afghanistan
Journal Article
January 18, 2013

Technological interventions aiming to improve livelihoods that bring
gender equity can become successful only when the prevailing gender
roles in society and access to different livelihood opportunities are fully
understood. This article analyses...

Unconventional feeds for small ruminants in dry areas have a minor effect on manure nitrogen flow in the soil–plant system
Influence of feeding Mediterranean food industry by-products and forages to Awassi sheep on physicochemical properties of milk, yoghurt and cheese
The potential of small-scale rainfed agriculture to strengthen food security in Arab countries