Alcade Segnon

Alcade Segnon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), West Africa Regional Program, based at ICRISAT West Africa regional office in Bamako, Mali.

Prior to joining CCAFS, Alcade was a Climate Change Adaptation Expert for the Laboratoire des Sciences et Techniques de l’Eau et de l’Environment (LSTEE) of the University of Abomey-Calavi, where he led the vulnerability assessments in four sectors (energy, forestry, tourism and urban planning & infrastructure) in Benin, commissioned by the “Projet Plan National d’Adaptation” (National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project implemented by the UNDP). He also conducted the synthesis of climate change vulnerability and adaptation research in Benin as part of his assignment.

Prior to that, he was a Project Assistant and Research Analyst at Climate Analytics gGmbH, supporting the implementation of the “Science-based National Adaptation Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa (PAS-PNA)” project in Benin and Senegal, through vulnerability assessment, capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities. Alcade was a Research Scholar at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), West Africa Regional office in Bamako, Mali within the “Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)” project. ASSAR is one of the four research programmes funded through the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). During his stay at ICRISAT, he also contributed to the CCAFS program. He continues to be an Associate Researcher to the Laboratory of Genetics, Horticulture and Seed Sciences (GBioS), Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin.

Alcade hold a BSc and M.Sc. in Agronomy from the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin and has just completed his PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Ghana. Alcade’s research interest is the interface of agricultural sustainability and utilization of plant resources in agroecosystems. He is particularly interested in how agrobiodiversity and knowledge that local people share on it can be used to design agroecological farming systems and improve smallholders' food security and livelihoods in the context of a changing climate. Recently, he has been exploring the climate change adaptation-agrobiodiversity harnessing nexus in semi-arid areas of West Africa. Alcade is also involved in the Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative (GAMI) and the IPCC process as a Contributing Author (CA) on Chapter 16 of the IPCC AR6 WGII report.

Selected publications

  • Solomon, N., Segnon, A. C., Birhane, E. 2019 Ecosystem Service Values Changes in Response to Land-Use/Land-Cover Dynamics in Dry Afromontane Forest in Northern Ethiopia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(23), 4653. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16234653

  • Segnon, A.C., Totin, E., D’haen, S. 2019. Planification participative de scénarios d’adaptation pour informer le processus PNA : expériences et acquis du Projet d’Appui Scientifique aux processus de Plans Nationaux d’Adaptation dans les pays francophones les moins avancés d’Afrique subsaharienne. Berlin, Germany: Climate Analytics gGmbH

  • Totin E., Segnon A.C., Schut M., Affognon H., Zougmoré R., Rosenstock T., Thornton T., 2018 Institutional Perspectives of Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Systematic Literature Review. Sustainability 10 (6):1990 DOI: 10.3390/su10061990

  • Akohoue F., Segnon A.C., Achigan-Dako G.E., 2018 Diversity in smallholder citrus orchards and cultivation bottlenecks: research avenues for improved production in Benin, West Africa. Experimental Agriculture 54(5):641-654 DOI: 10.1017/S001447971700028X

  • Labintan, C., Segnon, A.C., Totin, E., D’haen, S. 2018. État des lieux des connaissances scientifiques actuelles sur les impacts, la vulnérabilité, et l’adaptation aux changements climatiques au Bénin. Berlin, Germany: Climate Analytics gGmbH

  • Kpéra G.N., Segnon A.C., Saïdou A., Mensah G.A., Aarts N., van der Zijpp A.K. 2017. Towards sustainable vegetable production around agro-pastoral dams in Northern Benin: Current situation, challenges and research avenues for sustainable production and integrated dam management. Agriculture and Food Security 6 (1):67 DOI: 10.1186/s40066-017-0142-4

  • Segnon A.C., Achigan-Dako G.E., Gaoue O.G., Ahanchédé A., 2015. Farmer’s knowledge and perception of diversified farming systems in sub-humid and semi-arid areas in Benin. Sustainability 7(6):6573-6592 DOI: 10.3390/su7066573

  • Segnon A.C., Achigan-Dako G.E., 2014. Comparative analysis of diversity and utilization of edible plants in arid and semi-arid areas in Benin. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 10 (1):80 DOI: 10.1186/1746-4269-10-80