Prof. Dr. Ir. Achille Ephrem ASSOGBADJO

Research interests – Agronomy and natural resources – Agroforestry and Forestry – Ethnobotany – Conservation genetics



Full Professor in Forestry (CAMES)

Associate member at LABEF


Research interests

  • Agronomy and natural resources
  • Agroforestry and Forestry
  • Ethnobotany
  • Conservation genetics



  • 2017-till now : Full Professor, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of AbomeyCalavi, Benin
  • 2013-2017: Associate Professor, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • 2010 – June 2013: Senior Lecturer & Researcher, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • 2007 – 2010: Lecturer & Researcher, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • 2000 – till now: Researcher, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • 2003 – 2006: PhD Research, Faculty of Biosciences Engineering, University of Ghent, Belgium.
  • 1998 – 2000: MSc. degree in forestry (Management of environment and natural resources). Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA/UAC), Republic of Benin.
  • 1994 – 1998: Agronomist degree, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (FSA/UAC), Republic of Benin.
  • 1993: High School Diploma Major Mathematic Physics (Baccalaureate C).


Research project

  • 2017-2020 AGROPOLIS FOUNDATION: Enhancing nutritious food availability through promotion of native edible tree/shrub species in Sub-Saharan Africa (TREEFOOD) (Benin-Niger-Burkina Faso-Mali-Danemark-Belgium). Coordinator for Benin
  • 2016-2019 FNRSIT: Utilisation des parents sauvages des plantes cultivées pour améliorer l’adaptation des systèmes de cultures au stress biotique et abiotique dans le contexte des changements climatiques. National Coordinator
  • 2015-2017: RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant. Promoting environmentally friendly practices for sustainable baobab leaves production for food and nutritional security in smallholders farming systems in Benin (West-Africa). Principal Investigator.
  • 2010-2015: European Union. Understanding and combating desertification to mitigate its impact on ecosystem services. FP7-ENV-2009-1. Scientists
  • 2013-2015: CORAF/WECARD. Amélioration de la résilience aux changements climatiques des écosystèmes agricoles le long des bassins-versants par le développement participatif de systèmes agroforestiers anti-érosifs et fertilisants dans six pays ouest africains, 2013. Coordinator for Benin
  • 2012-2015: African Union. Projet de mise au point de technologies de production et d’utilisation durables de biocarburant de Jatropha curcas pour une réduction de la pauvreté rurale en Afrique de l’Ouest. Scientist
  • 2012-2015 : University of Abomey-Calavi. Les palmiers sauvages du Bénin : utilisation, biodiversité, écologie, importance économique, et conservation, 2012. Scientists
  • 2012 : UEMOA. Mise au point et harmonisation des techniques d’inventaire de la flore et de la végétation en Afrique de l’Ouest. Associate Coordinator for Benin
  • 2006 -2010: European Union. Domestication and development of baobab and tamarind : UE- DADOBAT research project; Principal Investigator for Benin
  • 2004 -2008: Flemish Belgian research project. Sustainable management of natural resources for basic health care in rural areas: value and potential of medicinal plants in the Monts Kouffé forest reserves (Center of Benin).; Scientific Assistant


Awards and distinctions

  • 2019 Nominated by the Academy of scientific research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt for 2019 Young African Research Award for the authenticity and quality of scientific research in the field of Agriculture and food sciences.
  • 2019: Appointed as a member of the International Foundation for Science Board of Trustee representing Africa from 2019 to 2023
  • 2018: Appointed as trainer in sciences for the African Women in Agricultural research and Development (AWARD)
  • 2017: Nominated by Science in Africa among the top scientists for their outstanding contributions as African researchers in 2017 (
  • 2014: Nominated for the honorary title “The name in Science” by decision of the Socrates Committee (Oxford, United Kingdom) recorded in the World Register of outstanding scientists of the 21st century with awarding a medal of frame for Contribution to World Science.
  • 2014: Nominated as an expert for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • 2013: Nominated as Young affiliate of The World Academy of Sciences
  • 2013: Nominated as 2013’ Benin Outstanding Young Person in the field of Science and technology
  • 2010: Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation. Best PhD thesis in the field of Biodiversity and environment for improved livelihoods.
  • 2009: Prize « Heinz and Johannes». Best research paper on ecological measurements in Africa; 2008 edition. The Support Africa International Foundation, Koblenz, Germany.
  • 2008: Ebi Kimanani Memorial Fellowship Award. Best research paper in ethnobiology. International Society of Ethnobiology, ISE-ICE-2008, Cusco, Peru.
  • 2008 – till now: Nominated as IUCN SSC Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group Regional Network Leader for Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Region


Profiles and Curriculum

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Total number of publications

  • Peer reviewed papers: 145
  • Books and/or book chapters: 21
  • Proceedings: 11
  • Technical reports: 09


Recent Publications

  • Gnonlonfoun I., Assogbadjo A.E., Gnanglè C.P. & Glèlè Kakaï R.L. (2019). New indicators of vulnerability and resilience of agroforestry systems to climate change in West Africa. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 39:23
  • Houehanou D.. Prinz K., Hellwig F., Assogbadjo A.E., Gebauer J., Glele Kakaï R.L., Sinsin B. (2019). Morphological trait variation and relationships of Afzelia africana Sm. caused by climatic conditions and anthropogenic disturbance in Benin (West Africa. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution.
  • Atanasso J.A., Mensah S., Azihou A.F., Djossa B.A., Glèlè Kakaï R.& Assogbadjo A.E. (2019). Heterospecific tree density and environmental factors affect Afzelia africana Population Structure in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, West Africa: Implications for Management and Restoration. Tropical Conservation Science 12: 1–12
  • Agbahoungba S., Assogbadjo A.E., Agoyi E.E. & Sinsin B. (2019). Diversity and Current Spatial Distribution of Wild-Edible Fruit Trees Species in the Lama Forest Reserve in Benin, International Journal of Fruit Science, 19:1, 13-28
  • Kafoutchoni K.M., Idohou R. Egeru A., Salako K.V., Agbangla C., Adomou A.C. & Assogbadjo A.E. (2018). Species richness, cultural importance, and prioritization of wild spices for conservation in the Sudano-Guinean zone of Benin (West Africa). Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 14:67
  • Hamzath K.S.A., Guendehou G.H., Goussanou C.A., Assogbadjo A.E. & Sinsin B. (2018). Allometric equations from a non-destructive approach for biomass prediction in natural forest and plantation in West Africa. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science. In press
  • Agbo R. I., Idohou R., Vihotogbé R., Missihoun A.A., Dagba R.A.,  Assogbadjo A.E. & Agbangla C. (2018). Spatio-temporal dynamics of suitable habitats for Detarium microcarpum & Perr. (Caesalpiniaceae), a priority food tree species in Benin (West Africa). Modeling Earth Systems and Environment.
  • Salako K.V., Moreira F., Gbedomon R.C., Tovissodé F., Assogbadjo A.E. & Glèlè Kakaï R. L. (2018). Traditional knowledge and cultural importance of Borassus aethiopum in Benin: interacting effects of sociodemographic attributes and multi-scale abundance. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: 14:36
  • Goussanou C.A., Guendehou S., Assogbadjo A.E., Sinsin B. (2018). Application of site-specific biomass models to quantify spatial distribution of stocks and historical emissions from deforestation in a tropical forest ecosystem. Journal of Forestry Research 29:205-213. DOI 10.1007/s11676-017-0411-x
  • Salako, V.K., Kenou C., Dainou K.,  Assogbadjo, A.E., Glèlè Kakaï R. (2018). Impacts of land use types on spatial patterns and neighbourhood distance of the agroforestry palm Borassus aethiopum Mart. in two climatic regions in Benin, West Africa. Agroforestry systems.