Alcade C. Segnon

Alcade Segnon is a Scientist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Science Officer for the Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) in West Africa.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Alcade was a Postdoctoral Fellow – Climate and Policy at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Bamako, Mali. At ICRISAT, he led the CCAFS project “Enabling institutions and policies for sustainable climate change governance in agriculture (WA policy)”, implemented in five West Africa countries, and the Food System Adaptations in Changing Environments in Africa (FACE-Africa), a Wellcome Trust-funded project implemented in The Gambia.
As a Climate Change Adaptation Expert at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), he led the vulnerability assessments in four sectors in Benin, as part of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project, a GCF-funded project implemented by the UNDP. 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 assessments, capacity building and stakeholder engagement activities.
Alcade is an agronomist by training, with a PhD in Environmental Science. His research interest is at the intersection of climate change adaptation, agrobiodiversity utilization & traditional knowledge systems, and agroecosystem sustainability. His research takes an interdisciplinary and theory-driven approach using both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand “how, when, where, and for who” adaptation can be effective.
He has been exploring adaptation effectiveness and feasibility to inform adaptation planning and policy decision-making across scales. Alcade brings over deep expertise in innovative approach for knowledge synthesis, and in participatory research methods, including participatory scenario planning, and experience in science-policy interfacing and policy processes. Alcade was part of the Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative (GAMI) and a Contributing Author of the IPCC's 6th Assessment (AR6) Working Group II (WGII) report and UNEP 2022 Adaptation Gap report.