By Megan Dietz, Technical Writer
Project: Climate Change, Pastoral Resources and Livestock in the Sahel: Developing a Community Relevant Pastoral Prediction System
- Provided climate change workshops to over 30 transhumanants in Senegal
- Conducted workshops and nutritionally surveyed 20 children in Mali
- Finalized data collection and activities connecting communities to research
Sahel’s high rainfall variability, land degradation, and desertification have combined to make life difficult for the majority of the area’s population. (Photo credit: Tamara Thompson)
The Sahel region of Western Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change. Located on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, the Sahel’s high rainfall variability, land degradation, and desertification have combined to make life difficult for the majority of the area’s population dependent on rainfed agriculture and livestock. Despite the worsening of these effects over the past decades, there is currently an inadequate understanding of how climate change will impact pastoral resources in Africa in the future. To fill this gap the Livestock Innovation Lab project Climate change, pastoral resources and livestock in the Sahel: Developing a community relevant pastoral prediction system (CCPRL) is using a “Research for Development” (R4D) approach to combine long-term ecological and pastoral systems research in West Africa with pastoral community development combating climate change. R4D Specialist on the CCPRL project Tamara Thompson worked in Senegal in July, and Mali in December to coordinate with a variety of the project’s interdisciplinary partners to conduct climate change workshops and nutritional surveys for pastoral men, women, and children living in the Sahel.