Ced Hesse has joined the board of trustees of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) for a two-year term. LEGS is a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve the quality and livelihoods impact of livestock-related projects in humanitarian situations.
“Ced brings many years of experience in working with livestock keepers and supporting participatory processes and local organisations,” said Wendy Fenton, Chair of the board. “We’re fortunate to have someone with his significant experience and expertise on the board.”
Hesse is an expert on the livelihoods of dryland areas, particularly pastoralism. As a senior fellow within the Climate Change group of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), he is responsible for a portfolio of research and capacity-building work on locally led climate action in the drylands of East and West Africa.
“With the expected rise in extreme climate events that will impact disproportionally on the poor, many of whom are livestock keepers, improving the quality of humanitarian response programmes in the livestock sector remains a high priority,” said Hesse. “LEGS’ track record in this regard is exemplary and of increasing importance, and I feel privileged to join the LEGS board of trustees.”
Before joining IIED in 1997, Hesse co-founded and managed the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), with offices in Dakar and Nairobi. He previously worked for Oxfam and what was then the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) in Mali.