Dr Edmond Totin

Climate Impact and Adaptation Expert - Benin


Dr Edmond Totin

Dr Edmond Totin is a Climate Impact and Adaptation Expert based in Benin, and contributes to the implementation of the PAS-PNA project that aims at supporting a science-based National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process in in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.

Edmond is a rural social scientist in the field of management of agricultural innovation, learning and extension, policies and institutions and brokerage. He focuses on approaches to developing effective socio-technical innovations in networks, multi-disciplinary research to tackle important societal and development problems, the functioning of innovation platforms to support institutional changes.

His research takes place in the realm of agriculture and the life sciences and focuses on two streams:

  • Development of agricultural research and advisory systems towards socially responsive and demand driven systems: in this line of research he pursues topics such as demand articulation in innovation process to drive research agendas and advisory service provisioning, and learning in networks of advisors.
  • Institutional influence in innovation systems: in this line of research he pursues topics such as conceptual strengthening of the concept of ‘agricultural innovation system’, and the topic of agency and innovation intermediaries in innovation systems to bring about transformation through support networks and scenario planning.

Before joining Climate Analytics, he worked for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali, where he was involved in different projects, including the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, an interdisciplinary research initiative of the CGIAR system that seeks to address impacts of climate change through a portfolio of innovative practices, policies and partnerships. He is involved in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project, one of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) funded project on climate change.

He is an agronomist by training (rural sociology and extension studies) and holds an MSc in Environment and Society (2008) from Catholic University of Louvain La Neuve (UCL), and a PhD in Knowledge Technology and Innovation Studies (2013), from Wageningen University (The Netherlands). His PhD research uses both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ social analysis’ tools, in novel ways, to characterise key features of emerging ‘critical institutional’ thinking and explore how this can contribute to mainstream ideas about ‘getting institutions right for agricultural transformation in the Sub-Saharan African Region.


E. Totin, C. Roncoli, P.S. Traoré, J. Somda, R. Zougmoré., 2018. How does institutional embeddedness shape innovation platforms? A diagnostic study of three districts in the Upper West Region of Ghana, NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 84, 27-40

A. Sidibe, E. Totin, M. Thompson-Hall, O. Traoré, P.S. Traoré, L.K. Schmitt Olabisi., 2017. Multi-scale governance in agriculture systems: Interplay between national and local institutions around the production dimension of food security in Mali, NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 84, 94-102.

Totin, E., Butler, J.R., Sidibé, A., Partey, S., Thornton, P.K., Tabo, R., 2017. Can scenario planning catalyse transformational change? Evaluating a climate change policy case study in Mali. Futures. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2017.11.005

Totin, E., Traoré, P.S., Zougmoré, R., Tabo, R., Schubert, C., 2015. Barriers to effective climate change policy development and implementation in West Africa. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Available at www.ccafs.org.

Totin, E., van Mierlo, B., Mongbo, R., Leeuwis, C., 2015. Diversity in success: Interaction between external interventions and local actions in three rice farming areas in Benin. Agricultural Systems 133, 119-130.

van Mierlo, B., Totin, E., 2014. Between script and improvisation: institutional conditions and their local operation. Outlook on Agriculture 43, 157-163.

Totin, E., Leeuwis, C., van Mierlo, B., Mongbo, R., Stroosnijder, L., Kossou, D., 2014. Drivers of cooperative choice: canal maintenance in smallholder irrigated rice production in Benin. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2014.909644

Totin, E., Stroosnijder, L., Agbossou, E., 2013. Mulching upland rice for efficient water management: A collaborative approach in Benin. Agricultural Water Management 125, 71-80.

Totin, E., van Mierlo, B., Saidou, A., Mongbo, R., Agbossou, E., Stroosnijder, L., Leeuwis, C., 2012. Barriers and opportunities for innovation in rice production in the inland valleys of Benin. Njas-Wagen J Life Sc 60-63, 57-66.