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Herve Alain Napi Wouapi

University of Dschang

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Napi Wouapi, is a PhD holder (integrated rural development and agricultural extension) and socio-environmentalist (socio-economist) with rural development background, fluent in French and English

  • He doubles as climate change adaptation researcher, and is knowledgeable of TAMD – Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development – monitoring and evaluation tool.
  • Thirteen years’ relevant experience in climate risk assessment and vulnerability work in a development context and different situations. Most of my work on climate took place in semiarid and change hotspots area in Cameroon and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  •  Demonstrated knowledge of climate impacts and adaptation action in livelihoods-agriculture, natural resources management and urban sector in the Cameroon and Sub-Saharan Africa context.
  •  Highly developed synthesis and writing skills that can address complex issues.
  • Knowledgeable in ethnographic study.
  • Well-developed communication skills in multicultural contexts and for highly diverse audiences

Current, I serve as lecturer and researcher at the Department of Rural Socioeconomics and Agricultural Extension, Dschang School of Agronomy and Environmental Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon. I double as research partner of Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Programme for Energy Security and Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2020, I am a member of the Scientific and Educational Committee of the Chair Pierre Castel “Food Systems and Entrepreneurship in Africa”. Within this unit, I participated in the drawing up of educational resources, coordination and organization of actions around training and support, research and scientific facilitation, and the impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in a changing environment, including climate change

In March 2019, I have been hired as independent expert to perform environmental and social compliance audit in order to articulate the World Bank/French Development Agency requirements with the environmental regulatory framework of Cameroon. The objective of this audit was to identify whether the environmental and social procedures of the planning of regional capital cities programme ensure the implementation of an effective environmental and social management system of the different components of the programme in different local contexts (so as to allow vulnerable and affected people to be given the opportunity to quickly restore their livelihoods)

I am a holder of a certificate in measurements for effective results-based management for monitoring and evaluation delivered by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSCC). Since 2017 till present, I serve as expert for European Commission’s’ Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels (CT-EX2016D279746-102) to perform the evaluation of the proposals submitted in response to human dynamics including climate services and human migration in Africa.

In 2013, I was one of the twelve experts hired by The Western and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD, Dakar, Senegal) to undertake review of research and policies for climate change adaptation featuring health, agriculture and the urban sector (Central Africa) . During 2011-12, I have worked as full time research awardee for the International Development Research Center (IDRC Canada, Western and Central Africa Bureau in Dakar Senegal) under the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) research and capacity development Programme addressing climate change adaptation nexus sensitive sectors (health, Agriculture, water, energy and biodiversity). CCAA was a jointly funded initiative of IDRC and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). CCAA was the biggest grant plus at IDRC ($ 65 million dollars) and one of the biggest internationally initiative grant.

In 2014, I served as programme officer hired to provide analysis of gaps and technical backstopping to The African Union Commission (AUC) for the 2014 Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) 10 years on! http://www.nepad-caadp.net. Within the CAADP process, I contributed to the formulation of the Strategy and Roadmap for Implementation of the 2014 African Union Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/2/XXIII): the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods – Commitment 6: to enhancing resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks pertaining to livelihoods-agriculture and food security in the context of climate change in Africa.

With PICOTEAM (Institute for People, Innovation and Change in Organisations) and the Collaborative Crop Research Programme (CCRP), I served as consultant and facilitator to review and document the 6th West Africa Community of Practice (WAfCoP 6) in Bamako, Mali, in 2012. WAfCoP is a project funded by the McKnight Foundation through CCRP, which aims at strengthening the capacities of small scale farmers, research institutions and development organisations to address food insecurity in the Sahel region in the context of a changing environment including climate variability and change and other risks.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Cameroon Ethiopia Senegal

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Agriculture

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Co-author – “ Climate change vulnerability and smallholder farmers’ adaptive responses in the semi-arid Far North Region of Cameroon”. Discov Sustain 3, 41 (2022).

Co-author – “Goat Farming and the Phenomenon of Theft
in Menoua Division in the Western Region of Cameroon”, World Journal of Social Science, Vol. 7, No. 2; 2020, doi:10.5430/wjss.v7n2p17

Napi Wouapi, H.A., Sanni M. (2018) Enhancing Resilience of Livelihoods and Production Systems to Climate Variability and Other Related Risks in Africa. In: Leal
Filho W. (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Resilience. Springer, Cham.

Co-author – “Drivers of climate risk
in African agriculture”, Climate and Development, 2016, DOI:

Other Journal Articles and Selected Consultancy Reports

Herve Alain Napi Wouapi, Charles Arnaud Tchomkachue, and Ann Degrande, “Networking and Sustainability of Grass-roots relay organisations in Western Cameroon: Case Study of CIEFAD and KUGWE Rural Resource Centres,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 266–278, July 2020

Co-author. Adoption and Impact of Improved Cassava (manihot esculenta grantz) Production Technology on Farmers Welfare in Mezam division of the North West Region of Cameroon. International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research ISSN 2351-8014 Vol. 46 No. 1 Dec. 2019, pp. 60-73

Wouapi, H.; Olinga, J.M; Nguepdjo, S. (2018) Framework for Municipal Adaptation Plan – Case study of Douala V municipality, Enhancing Urban Resilience Toward the Attainment of Cameroon Vision 2035 and Beyond, KAS Working Paper 122, 43 pages, Yaounde, KAS

Co-author – “Regional Economic Communities and Climate
Change Adaptation in Africa. CARIAA Working Paper no. 4. International
Development” Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and UK Aid, London, United
Kingdom, 2016.

Hervé Alain Napi Wouapi (2015), Fiches techniques MOGED – Maîtrise des
outils de gestion de l’environnement pour le développement, Projet de
plantation des forêts communales pour le développement de puits de carbone
forestier dans les municipalités de Foumban et de Tonga (Cameroun) –

Wouapi et al. (2014), Review of Research and Policy for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas in Central Africa (Popular): Focus on Cameroon, Gabon & Congo, CORAF/WECARD Report, March 2014, published on the website of future Agricultures

Wouapi, H. (2012) ‘Building Social-Ecological Resilience in the Sahel in the context of vulnerability to climate change and other stressors: A case study of Pouss, Far North semiarid region of Cameroon’, IDRC Corporate Awards 2010-2011

Selected Oral Communication and Conference Proceedings