Dr. Ir. Rodrigue C. GBEDOMON

Head of research unit

Research interests : Ecosystem services, Natural resources economics and governance – Ethnobotany –


Head of Forest and People Livelihood research Unit

Research interests

  • Agroecosystems biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Agroecology
  • Forest economic and governance
  • Ethnobotany


Rodrigue Castro Gbedomon is a young African researcher. His studies include a degree in Agricultural sciences, a Master in Forestry and Biodiversity and a PhD in Agronomic Sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi. He is a research associate at the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations (www.labef-uac.org), University of Abomey-Calavi. In addition to his teaching and research, he has taken on several roles in collaborative Research-Development projects wherein scientists, practitioners, local communities and policy makers work together to create knowledge and implement innovations in agricultural and environment fields.

Gbedomon’s research concerns the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, or, more specifically, how people perceive, use and interact with forest resources in a context of global changes (climate change, social change, etc.). He is interested in advancing knowledge and practices on nature conservation, with a focus on topics such as ecosystem services, urban forestry, forest economics and governance etc.

Awards and distinctions

  • 2018: Postdoc scholarship (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship)
  • 2014: PhD grant (government of Benin)

Profiles and Curriculum

Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: 12
  • Communications: 0
  • Documents techniques: 0

Key publications

  1. Gbedomon, R.C., Aoudji, A., & Vodouhe, F. (2020). A hand note for value chains analysis of Non-Timber Forest Products, in Hand Note for NTFPs scientists: Approaches and Methods for Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation; pp 29-41
  2. Agbohessou M., Salako K.V., Idohou R., Gbedomon R.C., Hounkpèvi A., Chadare F.J., Glèlè Kakaï R., Assogbadjo A.E. (2020). Status of vegetative propagation of baobab: a review; African Crop Science Journal, 28 (s1): 215 – 224
  3. Gbedomon, R. C., Salako, V. K., & Schlaepfer, M. A. (2020). Diverse views among scientists on non-native species. NeoBiota, 54, 49.
  4. Thoto, F.S., C. Gbedomon, D.M. Houessou, A. Aoudji & B.G. Honfoga. (2020).  Does participation of agricultural entrepreneurs in knowledge networks improve firm performance in Benin? Knowledge Management for Development Journal 15(2): 124-142
  5. Thoto, F. S., Houessou, M. D., Lamain, C., & Gbedomon, R. C. (2020). The private sector in knowledge processes and partnerships for food and nutrition security in the Global South: a case study from the Dutch Food and Business Applied Research Fund programme. Knowledge Management for Development Journal Online first. 19pp.
  6. Salako, V. K., A. M. Kégbé, F. J. Chadaré, K. M. Kafoutchoni, A. Amagnidé, C. Gbedomon, A. E. Assogbadjo, C. Agbangla, and R. Glèlè Kakaï. “Potential for domestication of Borassus aethiopum Mart., a wild multipurpose palm species in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 66, no. 5 (2019): 1129-1144.
  7. Salako, K. V., Moreira, F., Gbedomon, R. C., Tovissodé, F., Assogbadjo, A. E., & Kakaï, R. L. G. (2018). Traditional knowledge and cultural importance of Borassus aethiopum Mart. in Benin: interacting effects of socio-demographic attributes and multi-scale abundance. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), 36.
  8. Agbani, P. O., Kafoutchoni, K. M., Salako, K. V., Gbedomon, R. C., Kégbé, A. M., Karen, H., & Sinsin, B. (2018). Traditional ecological knowledge-based assessment of threatened woody species and their potential substitutes in the Atakora mountain chain, a threatened hotspot of biodiversity in Northwestern Benin, West Africa. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), 21.
  9. Rashid, N., Gbedomon, R.C., Ahmad, M., Salako, V.K., Zafar, M. and Malik, K., 2018. Traditional knowledge on herbal drinks among indigenous communities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 14(1), p.16.
  10. Gbedomon, R.C, Salako, V., Adomou, A., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2017). Plants in traditional home gardens: richness, composition, conservation and implications for native biodiversity in Benin. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-21.
  11. Gbedomon, R.C, Salako, V., Fandohan, B., Idohou, R., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2017). Functional diversity of home gardens and their agro-biodiversity conservation benefits: case study in Benin, West-Africa. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 13:66
  12. Gbedomon, R.C, Assogbadjo, A., Salako, V., Fandohan, B. and Glèlè Kakaї, R. (2016). Exploring the spatial configurations of home gardens in Benin. Scientia Horticulturae 213:13-23.
  13. Gbedomon, R.C, Salako, V., Chadare, F., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2016). Gendered motivation for home gardening and maintenance of agrobiodiversity: A case study in Benin, West Africa.” Annales des sciences agronomiques 20 (2): 93-106, 2016 ISSN 1659 – 5009
  14. Gbedomon, R.C, Fandohan, B., Salako, V., Idohou, R., Glèlè Kakaї, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2015) “Factors affecting home gardens ownership, diversity and structure: a case study from Benin.” Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11, no. 1: 56.
  15. Gbedomon, R.C, Floquet, A., Mongbo, R., Salako, V., Fandohan, B., Assogbadjo, A., and Glèlè Kakaї, R. (2016). Socio-economic and ecological outcomes of community-based forest management: A case study from Tobé-Kpobidon forest in Benin, Western Africa. Forest Policy and Economics, 64, 46-55.
  16. Idohou, R., Fandohan, B., Salako, V., Kassa, B., Gbedomon, R.C, Yédomonhan, H., Glèlè Kakaï, R. and Assogbadjo, A. (2014). “Biodiversity conservation in home gardens: traditional knowledge, use patterns and implications for management.” International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 10, no. 2 (2014): 89-100.
  17. Salako, V., Fandohan, B., Kassa, B., Assogbadjo, A., Idohou, R., Gbedomon, R.C, Chakeredza, S., Dulloo, M., and Glèlè Kakaï, R. (2014). “Home gardens: an assessment of their biodiversity and potential contribution to conservation of threatened species and crop wild relatives in Benin”. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 61:313-330.
  18. Floquet, A., and Gbedomon, R,C. (2014). La réorientation économique des exploitations familiales des zones cotonnières, un phénomène transitoire. Une situation de référence des Exploitations Familiales des Producteurs de Coton (EFPC). CEBEDES, SNV et ANPC-Benin, Cotonou.
  19. Gbedomon, R.C, Sikirou, R., Zannou S., Pomalegni, C., Georgen G., Bokonon-ganta, A., Atachi, P. and Mensah, G. (2012).  Extraits botaniques utilisés contre les arthropodes associés aux abeilles et produits de la ruche, inventoriés dans les ruchers au Centre du Bénin. Actes du 3ème colloque des Sciences, Cultures et Technologies de l’UAC-Bénin.  (Eds) : conseil scientifique de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi.  ISSN  1840-5851 de Décembre 2012, pp 573-587