Dr. Pascale Waelti


Dr. Pascale Waelti Dozentin für Int. Livestock Systems

  • Contact hours Monday
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
    Fachbereich Agronomie
    Länggasse 85
    3052 Zollikofen


  • Lecturer in international livestock systems at HAFL

  • Coordinator Problem Based Learning in International Agriculture Bachelor degree


  • BSc in international agriculture

  • BLAi 404 Agriculture and farm economics in developing and transition countries

  • BLAi 414 People, Plants and Policies: Tropical crops, innovation and macro perspectives in agricultural development

  • BLAi 428 Crop production and natural resource management in the global context

  • BLAi 438 Crop-livestock interactions in the global context

  • BLAi 464 Working in development

  • BLAi 484 Synthesis week


  • Main competences:
    Agricultural engineer and biologist with PhD, specialized in livestock sciences and international agriculture with focus on resilience of agro-pastoral production systems and participatory rangeland management
    15 years' experience in international cooperation and agronomy, 4 years field work experience in Africa with a variety of teaching-learning and facilitation practices
    Lecturer in international livestock systems at HAFL

    Specific experience in:
    Agronomy and livestock production: Participatory project development and management in smallholder livestock production, pastoralism and agro-pastoralism, participatory rangeland management (PRM) and herder-farmer conflicts
    Institutional development: Fundraising, NGO management, quality management, networking
    Education: Designing and conducting training/teaching courses and curricula in Switzerland and Africa, moderation and facilitation techniques, several years headed a team applying the Problem Based Learning method at HAFL. Development of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) for livestock production
    Research: Team leader in a research project exploring nutrition habit changes and impact on health of migrant pastoral population originating from the Horn of Africa
  • Since 2013 Lecturer in international livestock system. HAFL, Zollikofen, Switzerland BFH HAFL, Zollikofen, Switzerland
  • 2008-2013 Research associate in International Agriculture. BFH HAFL, Zollikofen, Switzerland
  • 2004-2007 Institutional and technical adviser in NGO management and livestock production Réseau d'Action, de Partage et de Solidarité (RAPS) and EIRENE Suisse, Chad,
  • 2003-2004 Research and teaching assistant. Feeding trials with piglets Agricultural Institute of Grangeneuve (FR), Switzerland
  • April-Sept 2002 Practical training at the Agricultural Research Station in Cinzana Institute of rural economy, Mali
  • August-Oct 2001 Practical work. Collaboration to a digestibility trial with sheep Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux (Agroscope)
  • 2000-2001 one year of practical work on a mixed crop-dairy farm Farm H-J Hintermann, Dürrenäsch (AG)
  • 1995-2000 Research and teaching assistant Institute of Physiology, Fribourg, Switzerland


  • Board member Vétérinaire Sans Frontières Suisse

  • Expert comission technique Fribourg Solidaire

Supervised theses

  • Rediger Melanie Identifizierung von Potenzial und Hindernissen für die Entwicklung des lokalen 2021

  • Frei Nadia Umfallkrankheit bei Keimlingen im biologischen Karottenanbau 2021

  • Gherard Melina Impact evaluation of a cooling truck on the camel milk value chain of Anolei Women Cooperative in Isiolo County, Kenya 2019

  • Christen Michèle Determinantes de la producción lechera en las povincias de lngavi y Omasuyos en Boliva 2018

  • Tognola Lorenzo Cultural and socio-economic aspects of sheep-farming in the Bregalnica region (Eastern Macedonia) — in the past, now and in future 2017

  • Araya Solomon Fodder situation in selected intensive dairy farms in Addis Ababa and its possible impact on animal productivity 2016

  • Dettwiller Sara Youth and Agriculture in the Drylands of Morocco - Opinions of Young Local People on Working Possibilities in the Zagora Region 2015

  • Corrêa Edouard Documentation of on farm post-harvest handling and analysis of the effects on quantity and quality of main food crops (maize and cowpeas) 2014

  • Besson Hélène Comparison of different local and improved post-harvest technologies in the North of Mozambique 2013

  • Besson Hélène Explaining differences in performance for smallholder dairy production in southern Malawi 2016

  • Witsoe Joshua Participatory Rangeland Management and Watershed Planning by Pastoralist Groups in Morocco 2019

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • French - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • German - Professional working proficiency
  • Spanish - Limited working proficiency
  • Italian - Limited working proficiency
  • Chad
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Somalia
  • Djibouti
  • Uganda
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Rwanda
  • Cote D'Ivoire