Geography, social science, statistics…  and nitrogen!

The Observatory Midi-Pyrenees laboratory Géosciences Environment Toulouse (GET), was a hive of INSA activity in June, hosting two researchers from Côte d’Ivoire and two researchers from Nigeria.

Fabrice Gangneron (GET, Univ Paul Sabatier) and Mehdi Saqalli (GEODE, Univ Jean Jaures) welcomed Akoua Adayé and Kouadio Eugène Konan, geographers from the University Felix Houphouët Boigny (UFHB), Côte d’Ivoire, as well as Ajoke Oyegbami, a social scientist, and Sikiru Ajijola, an agricultural economist, from the Institute of Agricultural Research and training (IAR&T), Nigeria.

The objective of the secondments was to initiate a comparative study of agrarian systems in neighbouring regions of Benin and Nigeria, as well as rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire, in particular the region surrounding the town of Bodokro. 

Fabrice, Mehdi, Akou and Kouadio are also collaborating to map the flow of merchandise related to agriculture in the region surrounding Bodokro, and to document soil fertility maintenance practices.

This collaboration brings together 6 scientists with diverse backgrounds studying similar systems from different perspectives. By comparing agrarian systems which have similar geological and climatic properties, but different political and cultural contexts, researchers will gain a deeper understanding of the role of soil fertility in structuring agrarian systems, and conversely, the role of agrarian systems in the maintenance and production of soil fertility.

Collaborating across disciplines is rarely easy, and these secondments provided a rare opportunity for in-depth conversations on differences and similarities between social and agricultural practices, allowing links to be made between complementary research approaches.

About the visiting researchers:

Akoua Adayé and Kouadio Eugène Konan are researchers at the Institute for Tropical Geography, UFHB. Akoua specialises in rural geography; her research activities include food security and food system analysis, agricultural development, rural real-estate, and gender and development. Kouadio’s research is focused on physical geography, protected ecosystems, natural resource management, and geomatics (e.g. cartography, GIS, tele-detection).

Ajoke Oyegbami is a research fellow with a focus on the dissemination of agricultural technologies to farmers. Her main objective is to help farmers increase agricultural production and improve standards of living, and to bring about improvements in educational, social, economic and political developments. Sikiru Ajijola, is a senior research fellow specialising in agricultural production and resource economics.

The research resulting from this collaboration was presented to colleagues at a symposium held at the Laboratory of Aerology (Laero), OMP, Toulouse, in June 2023. From left: Oluremi Olalekan (IAR&T), Ajoke Oyegbami (IAR&T), Claire Delon (Laero), Corinne Galy-Lacaux (Laero), Wuraola Olubadewo (IAR&T), Eric Gardrat (Laero), Kouadio Eugène Konan (UFHB), Sikiru Ajijola (IAR&T), Money Ossohou (UFHB), Akoua Adayé (UFHB), Fabrice Gangneron (GET).

More news

JLU Giessen welcomes Ali Zura Said and Mitchell Oketch

Earlier this year, Ali Zura Said and Mitchell Oketch from the Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation (MWSI) spent two months on secondment in the Department of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) in Germany. Zura and Mitchell were hosted by Dr Suzanne Jacobs, but also worked with Prof. […]

UPS welcomes Rose Ndango

The Aerology Laboratory (LAERO), University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS-UT3), recently welcomed Ms Rose Ndango, a laboratory manager at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (I.I.T.A.), Yaounde, Cameroon, and recently appointed I.I.T.A. representative for the INSA project. Rose spent one month working with Maria Dias Alves and Eric Gardrat in the Aerology Chemistry […]

UPS welcomes Adou Niamien

The Aerology Laboratory (LAERO), University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (UPS-UT3), recently welcomed Mr Adou Niamien, a PhD student from the University of Jean Lorougnon Guédé de Daloa (UJLoG), Côte d’Ivoire. Adou is also a member of the Laboratory of Environmental Sciences and Technology (LSTE) of Daloa and the Laboratory of Material Sciences, Environment […]