Elliott Dossou-Yovo

Country Coordinator, Mali


What’s your role at AICCRA and the journey that led you here?  

I lead the Mali cluster of the World-Bank-funded project AICCRA in my role as a scientist in climate change and agriculture at the Africa Rice Center.

My research focuses on the development and validation of technologies to increase the resilience of small-scale farmers to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice-based systems. I also work on targeting the scaling domains of climate-smart rice technologies and landscape water management for sustainable intensification and diversification using ecological niche modeling approach, and the impacts of climate change on rice yield and land suitability for rice cultivation.

I joined AfricaRice in 2017 as a Post-Doctoral fellow in Climate change and Agriculture. Before joining AfricaRice, I was a scientist in the national agricultural research system in Benin and earned a Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of Cape Coast. I've produced more than 35 publications in peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to several book chapters.

Why do you believe AICCRA can help to deliver a climate-smart future for Africa?

AICCRA addresses the main bottlenecks to the adoption of CSA and CIS. It does this by strengthening the capacity at all levels (institutional, individual, public, and private), enhancing the availability of high-quality weather data for CIS production, enhancing equitable access to CSA and CIS, finance, and engaging with research and development organizations at local, national, regional and continental levels in Africa.

AICCRA improves the resilience of agri-food systems to climate change while increasing productivity and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, paving the way for Africa to have a climate-smart future.