Carbonization in the commune of Dassa-Zoumé
Socio-technical determinants of species choice and plant diversity
In Africa, the satisfaction of energy needs remains a worrying problem due to the galloping increase in population.
In Benin, the use of charcoal is a form of compensation for energy needs that is gradually gaining ground.
The objective of this research is to study the socio-technical determinants of the choice of species and the diversity of plants used for charcoal in the commune of Dassa-Zoumé, a locality located in central Benin.
An inventory of plant species used for charcoal burning was carried out among 537 charcoal makers surveyed in the 10 districts of the commune.
The chi-square test of independence showed the existence of a dependent relationship between the ethnic groups of the commune and the choice of species used for charcoal burning.
The kruskal-walis median structuring test showed that the prioritization of species used is independent of borough and ethnicity.
Three species are highly sought after by charcoal makers, namely Pterocarpus erinaceus, Anogeissus leiocarpa and Prosopis africana.
Essègbê Jules César Gnitonnadjèhou is a Beninese researcher born on November 10, 1975 in Côte d'Ivoire.
He is a pedagogical advisor in general secondary education.
He holds a Master's degree in Geography in 2002 and a Master's degree in Natural Resources Management in 2018.
He is a member of the LERF laboratory at the University of Parakou.
- Essègbê Jules César Gnitonnadjèhou