Suzanne Mogue Kamga





What made you want to join the Trade Hub programme as an AFOx Biodiversity fellow?

I joined this project since I’m very passionate about Forest conservation while still meeting the needs of people.


Is there a specific project you will be working on while you are with us?

The title of my programme is: Ecological sustainability and conservation of Bush Mango under Cocoa agroforestry systems


Can you tell us a little about it?

I would love to evaluate the species density of bush mango in shade-grown Cocoa agroforestry systems and evaluate their current production under the selected agroforestry systems in Cameroon. This in order to make a comparison to those harvested from the wild. Also, we aim to evaluate which management practices applied in Cocoa agroforestry systems enhance the yield of bush mango seeds.



I’m very passionate about conserving biodiversity as well as sustaining the people depending on them.


Biodiversity conservation, sustainable biodiversity trade and consumption, potential of palm trade and production.

Analysing the impact of cocoa, palm oil and bush mango trade on biodiversity.


I studied for my degree in Botany at the University of Buea where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in 2006.

I then went on for a Masters program in Plant Systematics and Ecology at the University of Dschang. During my Masters program I was selected for a One month training program in Tanzania by the Tropical Biology Association in 2008. This program was a life changing experience for me, where I became even more passionate about Biodiversity and conservation, following my interaction with renown researchers and experts in the field.

Following this, I had a French grant for a Masters in Tropical Plant Biodiversity and Environment at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. I then volunteered as an intern at the Center for International forestry research in Yaounde, Cameroon.

My PhD focused on the economic importance and taxonomy of Raphia palms. On this program I described two new species of Raphia and highlighted the important role played by Raphia products to the Cameroonian society.

Nine months ago I then joined the Congo Basin Institute as Research Assistant for the TRADE project. I am currently carrying out a review on Bush mango trade and its impact on other biodiversity.

Kamga SM, Niangadouma R, Stauffer FW, Sonké B, Couvreur TLP (2018) Two new species of Raphia (Palmae/Arecaceae) from Cameroon and Gabon. PhytoKeys 111: 17-30.

Suzanne Mogue Kamga, Bonaventure Sonké, Thomas L.P. Couvreur (2019)
Raphia vinifera (Arecaceae; Calamoideae): Misidentified for far too long. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: . DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e37757

Suzanne Mogue Kamga, Grischa Brokamp, Ariane Cosiaux, Abdon Awono, Susanne Fürniss, Anders S. Barfod, Fogoh John Muafor, Philippe Le Gall, Bonaventure Sonké, Thomas L. P. Couvreur (2020)
Use and Cultural Significance of Raphia Palms. Economic Botany 74: 207. DOI: 10.1007/s12231-020-09487-z

Andrew J. Helmstetter, Suzanne Mogue Kamga, Kevin Bethune, Thea Lautenschläger, Alexander Zizka, Christine D. Bacon, Jan J. Wieringa, Fred Stauffer, Alexandre Antonelli, Bonaventure Sonké, Thomas L. P. Couvreur (2020)
Unraveling the Phylogenomic Relationships of the Most Diverse African Palm Genus Raphia (Calamoideae, Arecaceae). Plants 9: 549. DOI: 10.3390/plants9040549