Enoch Gbenato Achigan-Dako Enoch Gbenato Achigan-Dako

Secretary (UAC)
PROFILE Enoch Gbenato Achigan-Dako is Geneticist and Plant Breeder, associate professor at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi. He is an alumni of the African Plant Breeding Academy of the University of California, Davis and currently interim Secretary General of the African Association of Plant Breeders. He graduated in 1999 as agronomist at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) with the Benin Government scholarship, received a MSc degree in 2002 at the University of Cocody (Ivory Coast) with a scholarship of the African Development Bank and a PhD degree in 2008 at the Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). He was a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK, Gatersleben, Germany) with a DAAD scholarship. Prof. Achigan-Dako was the winner of the 2008 Vavilov Frankel Fellowship sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Bioversity International.

He contributed more than 80 research papers in high-ranking international journals and local journals and a dozen book chapters. E.G. Achigan-Dako is the coordinator of a number of projects including of the program ‘’Enhancing training and research mobility for novel crops breeding in Africa’’ (MoBreed), a project funded by the Commission of the European Union that aims to strengthen the mobility for training and research on orphan crops in Africa. He is also a co-PI of another European Union project on ‘’Mobility for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa’’ (GENES). Professor Achigan-Dako is the coordinator of the Capacity Building Project in Leadership and Entrepreneurship of Young Academics in Benin, funded by the Mastercard Foundation. He also coordinates other projects and programs at the African level, including: CLEONOMICS, which aims to develop improved varieties of Akaya (Gynandropis gynandra), a neglected leaf vegetable, for the West and East African markets. He is a member of the consortium of the SWEET POTATO Project funded by the African Union.