Jean M. Sogbedji
Director of the Soil, Climate and Crop Sciences Interface Laboratory at the University of Lomé
Jean M. Sogbedji got a Ph.D. in Soil Science – Agronomy from Cornell University, NY, U.S.A in 1999. He is currently a full Professor of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, and was from 2015 to 2019 the Dean of the School of Agriculture of the University of Lomé in Togo. From 2006 to 2014, he worked at IFDC (International Fertilizer Development Center) as Post-doctoral research associate and senior researcher. Professor Sogbedji’s duties at IFDC included among others, research and coordination of international, regional (West and Central Africa) and national agriculture based research-development projects. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Cornell University where he used dynamic modeling approaches to address nutrient dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Jean was a Rockefeller Foundation special scientist guest at the Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy) to address issues of tropical agriculture improvement and sustainability. He was a Research Associate at Cornell University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S. with focus on precision agriculture. He is very prolific in scientific publications and in master and doctorate students’ supervision, primarily dealing with smart agriculture. Professor Sogbedji is currently the Director of the Soil, Climate and Crop Sciences Interface Laboratory at the University of Lomé, whose primary goal is to promote Precision Agriculture in Africa.