Perspectives: Legislating change

Campbell, B and Kinyangi, J and Zougmore, R B and Aggarwal, P (2013) Perspectives: Legislating change. Nature (501). S12-S14.

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Abstract

About 80% of West Africans live in rural populations that mainly depend on rain-fed, cereal-based subsistence agriculture. These areas are highly vulnerable to climate variability. The increasing frequency and severity of climate extremes — primarily drought — have led to food crises in the sub-Saharan Sahel region. Although existing technologies and practices can mitigate agricultural risk, farmers need access to accurate long- and short-term weather forecasts so they can utilize these measures more effectively. One solution is localized seasonal climate forecasts for farmers. Partners from CCAFS in West Africa have recently tried such an approach in the Kaffrine district in central Senegal. To help ease the transition from traditional forecast practices, we presented the new information to farmers alongside discussions about established methods. Farmers in Kaffrine were able to develop adaptive techniques from climate information and choose a good strategy for improving yield during dry and wet seasons.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Drought, Hydrology, Climate sciences
Subjects: Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 13:39
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 13:39
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7439
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/501S12a
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