Advancing Climate Change Research in West Africa: Trends, Impacts, Vulnerability, Resilience, Adaptation and Sustainability Issues


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Series: Climate Change and its Causes, Effects and Prediction
BISAC: SCI026000

Over the past few decades, agriculture and related sectors in West Africa have been challenged by climate change, which has become one of the most important developmental issues in the region. Whereas negative environmental and socio-economic impacts have been extensively documented in West Africa, future climate projections suggest that the situation will only get worse if relevant actions are not taken. Indeed, most of the West African countries remain characterized by a limited use of production technologies and information, and local economies heavily rely on a rain-fed agriculture.

Despite the increasing number of studies focusing on climate change related issues, the methodological (i.e., conceptual and analytical) approaches seem to become stagnant with mixed practical results in terms of mitigation and adaptation outcomes. Against this backdrop, the forthcoming book is aimed at showcasing innovative and promising approaches that can be used to advance our current knowledge of climate change trends, impacts, vulnerability, resilience and adaptation in West Africa.

With the focus on agriculture and environment, the book compiles the latest developments in climate change research in West Africa by providing an overview of recent approaches used to better understand the vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change. It also considers the methods and frameworks for assessing the sustainability of climate change adaptation.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Indigenous Knowledge and Resilience to River Floods in West Africa
(Alberta Akwele Aryee and Julia Kloos, PhD, Accra, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 2. Econometric Analysis of Farmers’ Climate Perception and Adaptation in Nigeria
(Michel T. Atchikpa, William Adzawla and Rosaine N. Yegbemey, West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Graduate Research Program on Climate Change Economics at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, and others)

Chapter 3. Farmers’ Perceptions and Adaptive Responses to Climate Change in the Guinea Savanna Zone, Nigeria
(Isaac Larbi, Fabien C.C. Hountondji, Enoch Bessah and Gloria C. Okafor, Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Federal University of Technology,Minna, Niger State, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 4. Farming Adaptation in the Western Sudanese Savannah: Lessons Learnt and Challenges Ahead
( D. Callo-Concha, L. Harou, L. Krings, J. Ngonjock and J. Ziemacki., Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Genscheralle, Bonn, Germany, and others)

Chapter 5. The Effects of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies on Shea-Parks Conservation in Northern Benin, West-Africa
(Freddy Noma, PhD, Prosper Houessionon and Jacob A. Yabi, Institute of Project and Regional Planning;
Faculty of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environmental Management, Justus-Liebig University of Giessen
Gießen, Germany, and others)

Chapter 6. Implications of Subjective Probabilities During Extreme Weather Events Associated with Climate Change (SPEWEACCS) for Climate Risk Assessment and Farm Adaptation Choices: A Study of Ghanaian Farmers
(Samuel Kwesi Ndzebah Dadzie, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

Chapter 7. Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment of Farmers’ Perceptions of Climate Change: Case of Maize Farming in Northern Benin (West Africa)
(Michel T. Atchikpa, Rosaine N. Yegbemey and Mamma Sawaneh, West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Graduate Research Program on Climate Change Economics at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal, and others)

Chapter 8. Towards Inclusive Decision-Making for Climate Change Adaptation: A Household-Level Analysis in North Benin (West Africa)
(Aline M. Aloukoutou, Rosaine N. Yegbemey and Ghislain D.B. Aïhounton, Bureau de Recherche et de Développement en Agriculture, Bénin, West Africa, and others)



“Climate change is a real menace facing the African people. Information about climatic events impacts on the livelihoods of these countries agriculture and rural people is profoundly lacking. This book will generate information that will fill a severe gap in existing knowledge of the impacts of climate change on rural livelihoods across the African continent. The information provided will be essential for policy decision making on minimizing the vulnerability of such resilient communities to climate change events. The authors of the book have the training and experience to provide a solid account of the dangers of climate change events. ” – Curtis M. Jolly, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, Auburn University, USA

“This book deals with one of the current and most important development issues in West Africa. To some extent, it also showcases the current state of research and I would definitely recommend it for any researcher interested in climate change in general and particularly in the West African region.” – Siegfried Bauer, PhD, Retired Professor of Project and Regional Planning, Institute of Project and Regional Planning, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany

“This book provides solutions to issues hindering Agricultural development in Africa. The authors of this book have demonstrated their understanding of climate change issues and are able to provide useful solutions. Policy recommendations from this book will surely guide decisions makers in improving agricultural sector in West Africa.” – Silvere Tovignan, PhD, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Parakou, Benin

Additional Information

The target audience of this book will be composed of researchers, policy makers and development practitioners working in the field of agriculture, climate change and environment.

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