Dr. Ir. Adandé Belarmain Fandohan

Research interest : Forestry – Agroforestry – Biogeography – Invasion Ecology – Climate Change


Associate member

Research interests

  • Forestry
  • Agroforestry
  • Biogeography
  • Invasion Ecology
  • Climate Change


I hold an Engineer and PhD degree from the University of Abomey Calavi (Benin). A Senior Lecturer in Benin National Universities, my scientific niche breadth covers cross-cutting issues combining Biogeography, Conservation, and Ethno-ecology of prominent plants for rural communities’ livelihoods. Currently am customizing available tools (e.g. Point Process Models) to assess the extent to which climate change could affect distribution range of agroforestry species (i.e., Adansonia digitata, Tamarindus indica), invasive plants (Chromolaena odorata, Lantana camara and Hyptis suaveolens) and very rare/endemic species (i.e., Thunbergia atacorensis) in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Research project

My PhD research project aims to the better understanding of the potential of home gardens in agrobiodiversity conservation in special agricultural and cultural context of Benin. These traditional farming systems evolve over time and seem to be resilient and less affected by changing in agricultural practices. Research questions intended to address the diversity of home gardens, their dynamic, their ownership and conditions of maintenance of their diversity.
Findings of this PhD research will provide decision makers and researchers with basic information and directive for the formulation of national strategy of conservation based on home gardens.

Awards and distinctions

  • 2014: Senior Lecturer (Maitre-Assistant ; Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur)
  • 2014: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – Georg Forster (HERMES) Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (Fellowship no 3.4-BEN/1155509 STP).
  • 2013: International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden, Grant D/5464-1.
  • 2013: Award for Best research paper in Ecology 2011-2012 edition; The Support Africa International Foundation, Germany.
  • 2012: African-German Network of Excellence in Science – Award for Junior Researchers.
  • 2012: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) – Research Fellowship for Distinguished International Young Scientists.
  • 2012: Chinese Academy of Sciences – Postdoctoral Fellowship for Distinguished International Young Scientists.
  • 2012: CODESRIA Grant for National Working Group Project NWG/01/2013
  • 2010: BIARI Alumni Research Initiative Small Grant: Local farmers’ perception of climate change in Benin (West Africa).
  • 2010: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Seed grant for Africa (Co-Applicant): Baobab-elephant relationships in the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari in Benin (West Africa): assessment and implication for the species conservation.
  • 2007-2010: Domestication and Development of Baobab and Tamarind (EU-Funded project-DADOBAT): Master and Ph.D. studies (Academic Training Courses, Field Works and Subsistence).

Profiles and Curriculum

ResearchGate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Belarmain_Fandohan
GoogleScholars page: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8CtlIg8AAAAJ&hl=fr&oi=ao

Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: 23
  • Communications: 3
  • Documents techniques: 0

Key publications

  1. Fandohan B, Gouwakinnou GN, Fonton NH, Sinsin B, Liu J (2013) Impact des changements climatiques sur la répartition géographique des aires favorables à la culture et à la conservation des fruitiers sous-utilisés: cas du Tamarinier au Bénin. « Impact of climate change on the geographical distribution of suitable areas for cultivation and conservation of underutilized fruit trees: case study for the tamarind tree in Benin ». Biotechnology Agronomy Society and Environment 17(3): 450-462. Impact Factor 2012:0.379.
  2. Assogbadjo AE, Fandohan B, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, Hardy OJ, Gheysen G, Sinsin B (2012) Genetic evidence of the contribution of ethnic migrations to the propagation and persistence of the rare and declining scrambling shrub Caesalpinia bonduc L. Human Ecology 40 : 117-128. Impact Factor 2012: 1.361.
  3. Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, Sinsin B (2011) Quantitative morphological descriptors confirm traditionally classified morphotypes of Tamarindus indica L. fruits. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 58: 299-309. Impact Factor 2011: 1.554.
  4. Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï RL, Sinsin B (2011) Effectiveness of a protected areas network in the conservation of Tamarindus indica L. (Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae) in Benin. African Journal of Ecology 49: 40-50. Impact Factor 2011: 0.655.
  5. Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, De Caluwe E, Codjia JTC, Sinsin B (2010). Women’s traditional knowledge, use value and the contribution of tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) to rural households’ cash income in Benin. Economic Botany 64(3) : 248-259. Impact Factor 2010: 1.260.