Nathan Jensen

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Position Title
Senior Scientist and Economist, International Livestock Research Institute

MRR Innovation Lab Principal Investigator


Nathan Jensen is a scientist holding the position of Economist-Resilience and Innovation for Dryland Systems at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. Much of his work has focused on issues related to the insurance product quality, uptake, and impacts. This work has also led to an interest in alternative approaches to data collection and monitoring, which has, so far, manifested in a project that crowdsourced information on rangeland conditions from pastoralists in northern Kenya and validate them though the web (CSRC), developing tools for caregivers in remote regions to record and track health and nutrtion information and a separate effort to track post-flood recovery in Malawi by collecting high frequency data (MIRA). Jensen received his Ph.D. in applied economics and management at Cornell University, where his dissertation research focused on the quality, uptake and impacts of an innovative index-based livestock insurance product (IBLI) offered to pastoralists in northern Kenya.