December 5th 2017. A presentation took place at the African School of Economics this afternoon, on the theme: “Plant human interactions in changing world”. This academic seminar was presented by Dr. Orou Gaoue, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA).

In his presentation, Dr. Gaoue claimed the most important challenge for policy makers is environmental conservation and sustainability. In his research, he showed how ecological systems and plants respond to perturbation, and how this affects the future interaction of the environment. Additionally, he identified the harvest as the time for plant perturbation and used the Matrix Projection Model to measure the plant population’s response to the harvest. The plant population was split in two groups: unharvested and harvested population. The individual plant’s heterogeneity (overachievers, reproducing and growing better than the average, lack of harvest..etc.) is taken account in the study. The results showed that when the heterogeneity of harvest is increased, the population tends to be at its worst and this can lead to unsustainable policies. The conclusion is that ecological systems respond negatively to perturbation, the plants negative response to perturbation also negatively affects future interaction.

From December 18-19, the the International Business Institute at the Ivey Business School of Western University (Canada) and the Academy of International Business will organize a Case Teaching Workshop in partnership with ASE.

This workshop is part of the “39 Countries Initiative” created in 2010 by Professor Paul Beamish of Ivey Business School.  The initiative is a business-school-to-business-school network that seeks to improve the quality of management education in the world’s 39 lowest income countries.

The workshop is designed to develop and improve the skills needed for interactive case based teaching. It will focus on fostering an active learning environment that engages students in learning how to solve contemporary challenges of business organizations. The workshop will use actual case examples to demonstrate the practical aspects of case teaching. Dr. Elie Chrysostome of the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh will facilitate.

Business school faculty members are eligible to attend this free workshop. In particular, educators from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo are encouraged to attend. So far, over forty participants have registered.

Registration remains open until December 9.

With any questions about registration, please contact the Dean of ASE, Fr. Dr Claude Domfang, SJ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +229 66 33 37 39).

On Tuesday, 28 November 2017, ASE hosted its weekly Academic Seminar to discuss the paper, “Inefficiency of manual weeding in rainfed rice systems affected by parasitic weeds” presented by Dr Simon N’cho, an agricultural economist from IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Tamale, Ghana).

Dr. Simon presented a study highlighting the importance of rice worldwide and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where its production faces many constraints. The main objective of the paper was to identify sources of inefficiency in a rice production system characterized by the presence of parasitic weeds. The study was conducted in two countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin and Côte d’Ivoire. Dr. Simon focused on the analytical framework used in the paper to introduce the students to the estimation techniques of technical efficiency such as Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) bootstrapping. The results didn’t find evidence that manual weeding decreased the technical inefficiency of weeding labor on an infested farm, but have showed substantial technical inefficiencies and scale inefficiencies of weeding labor within rainfed rice productions system in the two countries.

The African School of Economics is determined to promote math throughout Benin. In addition to the Math Project from which students have benefitted across the country, and after the Animath summer school of this September, ASE continues to launch math clubs, as announced a month ago.

It has definitively been launched! Benimath Lica was created by the African School of Economics. The official introductory ceremony for this first mathematics club took place last Friday on the campus of the International School of Calavi (LICA) (Lycée International de Calavi). Five representatives of the African School of Economics, LICA’s principal, and Blaise Ahohoui the mathematics professor, welcomed the students.

 

Welcoming words from LICA’a Director were followed by an explanation of the club’s rules and policies, and exchanges with the students regarding the topic of mathematics and its various utilities. Afterwards, it was time for Wilfried Gnanvi, representing the ASE’s director at the ceremony, to present the club’s objectives. He was supported by his collaborators Lucy Assonfack and Simplice Adjissè, both Master’s students in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics at ASE.  

The club was created in the goal of:

·       Reinvigorating students’ interest in mathematics

·       Discovering mathematics from a different angle, with an innovative vision and methods

·       Preparing students for math Olympiads

·       Helping students develop a spirit of research so they can pursue their university studies with confidence

This club follows the ANIMATH summer school, organized in September 2017 by Animath-France, the Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (IMSP) (l’Institute de Mathématique et de Sciences Physiques), and the African School of Economics (ASE). At LICA, the first Benitmath session will take place next Friday afternoon. Clubs at other schools will also be invited to the summer school, though they will focus on students in the final two years of high school. The clubs are for students in the final two years of high school.

2017 11 22 Synsepalum dulcificum plant

Discover here the work accomplished by our dear Mrs Alice Bonou Fandohan, PhD, member of ASE teaching staff, and several colleagues from diverse universities, on the Synsepalum dulcificum, an important plant which vertues are not very told in the scientific community.