Benoît Lallau is an economist and a lecturer at Lille 1 University (Clersé). In 2012, he also co-founded (with Emmanuel Mbétid-Bessane, an agro-economist from the Central African Republic) LERSA, the Laboratory for Rural Economy and Food Security of the University of Bangui. He regularly goes to the Central African Republic, a country he has known since 1990, and contributed to the creation in Bangui of a Masters of training in Humanitarian Professions for young graduates in the Central African Republic, as well as to various studies conducted in partnership with humanitarian actors in the country. His research mainly focuses on rural poverty, on the impact of the notion of resilience in the field of social sciences, and on agricultural development models. In addition to Lille 1 University, he also works at the Lille Institute of Political Sciences, and in engineering schools for agriculture. He manages several doctoral theses on the issues of agricultural development and post-crisis trajectories in CAR, but also in other African countries and in France.