September 2008  

Strategic note on "Climate, climate change and agropastoral practices in the Sahel region"


This strategic note has been prepared by the Sahel and West Africa Club, linked to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Agrhymet Centre of CILSS (Permanent interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel) and FAO for the High Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, June 2008 in Rome. It presents the main conclusions of a study implemented by the three organisations on "Climate and Climate Change in West Africa".

Recalling main facts on the evolution of climate in Africa and in West Africa and possible impacts of climate change on food production and food security in the region, the note analyses Sahelian producers’ adaptation strategies. It highlights for decision makers the needed promotion of local knowledge to adapt to climate fluctuations in order to better define and implement adaptation policies at the national and regional level.

(Also available in French)

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