Jonne Rodenburg



Position held:

Rice Agronomist for East and Southern Africa

Year of Employment:



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November 2005: PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Management. Wageningen University.
· November 1999:  MSc Tropical Agronomy. Wageningen University.

Agronomy, Weed Management, Weed Ecology, Parasitic Weeds, Crop Physiology.  


· Since September 2012: Rice Agronomist for East and Southern Africa (Tanzania). Research on intensification and diversification of rice-based systems, integrated weed management, parasitic weeds (e.g. Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, Striga hermonthica, S. asiatica), good agricultural practices and farmer participatory technology development
· September 2007- September 2012: Weed Scientist at AfricaRice (Senegal & Tanzania).
· April 2006 – September 2007: Post-Doctoral Fellow Cropping Systems Agronomy at AfricaRice (Benin).
· September 2004 – April 2006: Associate Expert Inland Valley Agronomy at AfricaRice (Mali & Benin).

November 2000 – September 2004: PhD research on defense mechanisms in sorghum against the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica in Mali at Wageningen University and ICRISAT - Mali.

· September 1998 – September 1999: MSc research on effects of slash-and-burn on soil fertility and conservation in Indonesia at Wageningen University and ICRAF –South-East Asia.

Major Achievements:

· 40 publications in peer-reviewed (Science Citation Index) journals; 50 papers presented at international conferences; H-index: 14

Farmer-to farmer instruction videos (

  1. Striga Management, Farmer-to-Farmer Instruction Video on Striga Management in Rice using Agronomic Principles. AfricaRice & Cirad, Dar es Salaam & Antananarivo, 2015

  2. Using the Rotary Weeder in Lowland Rice. AfricaRice, Dar es Salaam, 2013.

  3. Safe and Correct Use of Herbicides. AfricaRice, Dar es Salaam, 2013.

· 2011 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers (
· 2010 CGIAR Promising Young Scientist Award (
· Online weed identification tool and database containing close to 200 weed species ( )
· Weed science network established with more than 330 members ( )

Selected recent publications (past 4 years):
· Rodenburg J, Saito K, Irakiza R, Makokha DW, Onyuka EA and Senthilkumar K. 2015. Labor-saving weed technologies for lowland rice farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Weed Technology, in press
· Rodenburg J, Schut M, Demont M, Klerkx L, Gbehounou G, Oude Lansink A, Mourits M, Rotteveel T, Kayeke J, Ast A, Akanvou L, Cissoko M, Kamanda J, Bastiaans L, 2015. Systems approaches to innovation in pest management; reflections and lessons learned from an integrated research program on parasitic weeds in rice. International Journal of Pest Management, 61 (4), 329-339
· Schut, M., Rodenburg, J., Klerkx, L., Hinnou, L.C., Kayeke, J., Bastiaans, L., 2015. Participatory appraisal of institutional and political constraints and opportunities for innovation to address parasitic weeds in rice. Crop Protection 74, 158-170
· Rodenburg J, Cissoko M, Kayeke J, Dieng I, Khan ZR, Midega CAO, Onyuka EA, Scholes JD. 2015. Do NERICA rice cultivars express resistance to Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth. and Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze under field conditions? Field Crops Research 170, 83-94

Rodenburg J, Cissoko M, Kayeke J, Dieng I, Khan ZR, Midega CAO, Onyuka EA, Scholes JD. 2015. Do NERICA rice cultivars express resistance to Striga hermonthica (Del.) Benth. and Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze under field conditions? Field Crops Research 170, 83-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2014.10.010

· Rodenburg J, Morawetz JJ, Bastiaans L. 2015. Rhamphicarpa fistulosa (Hochst.) Benth. – A widespread facultative hemi-parasitic weed, threatening rice production in Africa. Weed Research, DOI: 10.1111/wre.12129
· Kabiri S, Rodenburg J, Kayeke J, Ast A van, Makokha DW, Msangi SH, Irakiza R, Bastiaans L. 2015. Can the parasitic weeds Striga asiatica and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa co-occur in rain-fed rice? Weed Research, DOI: 10.1111/wre.12124
· Schut, M, Klerkx L, Rodenburg J, Kayeke J, Hinnou LC, Raboanarielina C, Adegbola, PY, van Ast, A, Bastiaans, L. 2014. RAAIS: Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems (Part I). A diagnostic tool for integrated analysis of complex problems and innovation capacity. Agricultural Systems, DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2014.08.009
· Schut, M, Rodenburg J, Klerkx L, Kayeke J, van Ast A, Bastiaans L. 2014. RAAIS: Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Innovation Systems (Part II). Integrated analysis of parasitic weed problems in rice in Tanzania. Agricultural Systems, DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2014.09.004
· Rodenburg J, Demont M, Sow A, Dieng I. 2014. Bird, weed and interaction effects on yield of irrigated lowland rice. Crop Protection 66, 46-52
· Nhamo N, Rodenburg J, Zenna N, Makombe G, Luzi-Kihupi A. 2014. Narrowing the rice yield gap in East and Southern Africa: using and adapting existing technologies. Agricultural Systems 131, 45-55
· Rodenburg J, Zwart SJ, Kiepe P, Narteh LT, Dogbe W, Wopereis MCS. 2014. Sustainable rice production in African inland valleys: seizing regional potentials through local approaches. Agricultural Systems 123, 1-11
· N’cho S, Mourits, M., Rodenburg J, Demont M, Oude Lansink A. 2014. Determinants of parasitic weed  infestation in rainfed lowland rice in Benin. Agricultural Systems 130, 105-115
· Djagba JF, Rodenburg J, Zwart SJ, Houndagba CJ, Kiepe P. 2013. Failure and success factors of irrigation  system developments – a case study from the Ouémé and Zou valleys in Benin. Irrigation and Drainage, 63, 328-339
· Ogwuike P, Rodenburg J, Diagne A, Agboh-Noameshie R, Amovin-Assagba E. 2014. Weed management in  upland rice in sub-Saharan Africa: impact on labor and crop productivity. Food Security 6, 327-337
· Schut M, Rodenburg J, Klerkx L, van Ast A, Bastiaans L. 2014. Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review. Crop Protection 56, 98-108
· Touré A, Rodenburg J, Marnotte P, Dieng I, Huat J. 2014. Identifying the problem weeds of rice-based  systems along the inland-valley catena in the southern Guinea Savanna, Africa. Weed Biology and  Management 14, 121-132.
· Rodenburg J, Both J, Heitkönig IMA, van Koppen CSA, Sinsin B, Van Mele P, Kiepe P, 2012. Land-use and biodiversity in unprotected landscapes: The case of noncultivated plant use and management by rural communities in Benin and Togo. Society and Natural Resources 25 (12), 1221-1240.
· Krupnik TJ, Shennan C, Settle WH, Demont M, Ndiaye AB, Rodenburg J, 2012. Improving irrigated rice production in the Senegal River Valley through on-farm experiential learning and innovation. Agricultural  Systems 109, 101-112
· Krupnik, TJ, Rodenburg, J, Haden, VR, Mbaye, D, Shennan, C, 2012. Genotypic trade-offs between water    productivity and weed competition under the System of Rice Intensification in the Sahel. Agricultural Water    Management 115, 156-166
· Krupnik TJ, Shennan C, Rodenburg J, 2012. Yield, water productivity and nutrient balances under the System of Rice Intensification and Recommended Management Practices in the Sahel. Field Crops Research 130, 155-167


Cissoko M, Boisnard A, Rodenburg J, Press MC, Scholes JD. 2011. New Rice for Africa (NERICA) cultivars  exhibit different levels of post-attachment resistance against the parasitic weeds Striga hermonthica and Striga asiatica. New Phytologist 192, 952-963
· Jamil M, Rodenburg J, Charnikhova T, Bouwmeester HJ. 2011. Pre-attachment Striga hermonthica resistance  of NERICA cultivars based on low strigolactone production. New Phytologist 192, 964-975
· Rodenburg J, Bastiaans L, 2011. Host-plant defence against Striga spp.: reconsidering the role of tolerance. Weed Research, 51 (5), 438-441.
· Rodenburg J, Zossou N, Gbehounou G, Ahanchede A, Touré A., Kyalo G, Kiepe P, 2011. Rhamphicarpa  fistulosa, a parasitic weed threatening rain-fed lowland rice production in sub-Saharan Africa - A case study from Benin. Crop Protection 30, 1306-1314.
· Rodenburg J, Meinke H, Johnson, DE, 2011. Challenges for weed management in African rice systems in a changing climate. Journal of Agricultural Science 149, 427–435
· Rodenburg J, Riches CR, Kayeke JM, 2010. Addressing current and future problems of parasitic weeds in rice. Crop Protection, 29, 210-221