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Adapting to climate variability and change in smallholder farming communities: A case study form Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger

Climate variability and change is regarded as having major impacts on key sustainable socio-economic and environmental indicators in Sub-Saharan West Africa. Because of these concerns, this article investigated smallholders knowledge, skills, and aspirations about managing climate change, and document adaptations strategies used in the semi-arid regions coming from Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger. In this article, climate data from 1950 to the present, including daily and aggregated rainfall and temperature variability, trends and extremes are analyzed. Farmer perceptions of climate, particularly with what was expected and what was actually observed are also examined. Field data was collected through: (i) a semi-structured survey administered to 478 head households; (ii) from focus groups through discussion and consultation with local stakeholders by using a risk matrix.

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