Dr Andre Bationo

Action for Integrated Rural Development, Accra, Ghana

Email: abationo@outlook.com

Lead author to the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon



Dr. Bationo is from Burkina Faso, and holds a PhD in Soil Chemistry from Laval University (Canada). Prior to joining AGRA, Dr Bationo was the Coordinator of the African Network for Soil Biology and Fertility (AfNet) and the Deputy Director of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (TSBF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Before that he was a Principal Soil Scientist seconded to ICRISAT’s Sahelian Centre by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). For 20 years, Dr. Bationo has conducted research aimed at combating land degradation and declining soil fertility in Africa. Throughout his career, he has mentored many African researchers. In 2004, the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, UK, nominated him as International Scientist of the Year. In 2008, Dr Bationo received an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and in 2009 he received the annual award from the International Fertilizer Industry Association in Shanghai for his work in soil health.

Andre Bationo has been carrying out research on soil fertility for the last 25 years. His research approaches have integrated both on-station research - to gain understanding of basic processes, and on-farm research using participatory approaches to ensure that technologies developed suit farmers socio-economic and biophysical conditions.

He has contributed immensely to the understanding of soil fertility issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and more specifically the nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in the Sahelian ecosystems, and on ways of improving nutrient use efficiency and synergy between organic and inorganic plant nutrients.  In addition, his research on conservation of soil moisture has promoted the use of water conservation structures such as zai ‘the half moon’, tied ridges, ridging, practices that have contributed to improved water conservation, reduced runoff and soil erosion and improved crop production in the region. Some of these findings are reported in over 300 publications in refereed journals, and 3 books that he has published. Andre is also involved in the development of technical advisory notes (TANs) to ensure the use of research results by smallholder farmers. He is also advocating and adopting the application of Decision Support System (DSS) for scaling up and out of research results.

Andre was recently selected by the African Union Commission as winner of the 2013 Continental Edition of the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards in acknolwedgement of his outstanding scientific research and applicability to Africa’s challenges. André Bationo received the Principal Staff Achievement Award for the year 2004 from the CIAT board and The Highest Civilian Award from the Government of Niger for contribution to the development of soil fertility restoration technologies in the Sahel.  He is also a member of the Committee to develop West Africa Medium Term Plan (MTP) and the AfricaNESS (African Network for Global Change) as well as a consultant for the European Union (EU) on projects proposal review.