Dr. Dougbedji Fatondji

Research themes
  • Ecosystem services
Research projects

Working as collaborator in with

Crop diversification group at ICRISAT and in the

Decision Support System project

Working groups

Crop Diversification group and the

Decision Support System project

Professional experience

Before joining ZEF for PhD study, he was employed as a research associate in the groundnut improvement program and the soil and water management program of the ICRISAT Sahelian Center in Niger.

Funding institutions

Crop diversification group: IPALAC, Finlande, USAID

Decision Support System Project: Direction de la Cooperation Belge

Research partners

NGOs and Development Organizations

Research affiliation

Development of rain-fed system with emphasis on soil and water conservation and improved income generation for farmers;


Fate of nutrients from organic matter subjected to termite activities in sahelian soils; the effect of water erosion;


Development of soil fertility management practice that would improve sustainability of land use and enhance mineral fertiliser use of poor farmers

Doctoral research funded by



Fatondji, D., C. Martius, P.L.G. Vlek, C.L. Bielders and A. Bationo. 2012. Effect of Zai soil and water conservation technique on water balance and the fate of nitrate from organic amendments applied: a case of degraded crusted soils in Niger. In: A. Bationo, B. Waswa, J.M. Okeyo, F. Maina and J. Kihara. (eds.): Innovations as key to the green revolution in Africa. Springer Dordrecht NL. 1125-1136.


Fatondji, D. C. Martius, C.L. Bielders, S. Koala, P.L.G. Vlek, R. Zougmore. 2009. Decomposition of organic amendment and nutrient release under the zai technique in the Sahel. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 85 (3): 225-239.


Fatondji, D., C. Martius, C. Bielders, P. Vlek, A. Bationo and B. Gerard. 2006. Effect of planting technique and amendment type on pearl millet yield nutrient uptake, and water use on degraded land in Niger. Nutirent Cycling and Agroecosystem, 76: 203-217.
Mando A., Fatondji D., Zougmore R., Brussard L., Bielders C.L., and Martius C.. 2006. Restoring Soil Fertility in Semi-Arid West Africa. In: Norman Uphoff, Andrew S. Ball, Erick Fernandes, Hans Herren, Olivier Husson, Mark Laing, Cheryl Palm, Jules Pretty, Pedro A. Sanchez, Nteranya Sanguinga, Janice E. Thies (eds.): BIOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR SUSTAINABLE SOIL SYSTEMS. CRC, Taylor and Francis.


Pasternak D., Nikiema A., Fatondji D., Ndjeunga J., Koala S., Dan Goma A. and Abasse T. 2005. The Sahelian Eco-Farm. In: Innocent Butare, Jean Sibiri Zoundi, Alassane Diallo (eds.): Les leçons tirées des expériences de lutte contre la désertification au Sahel Actes des travaux de l’atelier sous régional d’échange et de réflexion organisé par le Centre de Recherche pour le Développement International (CRDI) 12 – 16 Juillet, Saley Port. Centre de recherche pour le development intenational. 130 - 140.


Fatondji, D. 2002. Organic fertilizer decomposition, nutrient release and nutrient uptake by millet crop (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R.Br.) in a traditional land rehabilitation technique (Zaï) in the Sahel. Doctoral thesis at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn. Further Information


Fatondji, D., C. Martius and P.L.G. Vlek. 2001. 'Zai' - A traditional technique for land rehabilitation in Niger, ZEF News No. 8 September 2001.
Fatondji, D., C. Martius and P.L.G. Vlek. 2001. Organic amendment decomposition, nutrient release and nutrient uptake by millet (Pennisetum glaucum L. R. Br) in a traditional land rehabilitation technique (zai) in the Sahel.
Ntare, B.R., J.H. Williams and D. Fatondji. 2001. Evaluation of groundnut genotypes for heat tolerance under field conditions in the Sahelian environment using a simple physiological model for yield. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge, 136.


Williams, J.H., R.C.N. Rao, D. Fatondji, and H. S. Talwar. 1996. Radiation interception and modelling as an alternative to destructive samples in crop growth measurements.


Williams J.H., D. Fatondji, B. Gerard, F. K. van Evert, R.C.N. Rao and H. S. Talwa. 1994. Indirect measurement of light interception and non-destructive growth analysis.

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Dougbedji Fatondji

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d.fatondji(at)cgiar.org, d_fatondji(at)yahoo.com

ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management