Productivity and Climate Change


Monday, 18 November, 2013


Presenters:  Edwige Botoni, Expert in Natural Resource Management, Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel; M. Mathieu Ouédraogo, President, Réseau pour la Promotion des Approches Participatives/Participatory Rural Appraisal Network, Burkina Faso;   Moderator:  Tom Remington, Agriculture Advisor for Africa, Catholic Relief Services

Many parts of Africa, especially the Sahel region, are highly vulnerable to climate change. Changing rainfall patterns, land degradation, and desertification are key factors affecting local livelihoods. Many climate models predict that the Sahel region will become drier during this century, compounding already difficult conditions. Preventing further land degradation and regenerating already degraded land are critical to long term development in this region.

This session discussed farmer-led innovations that have had a significant impact on transforming arid Sahel landscapes into productive land, such as Famer Managed Natural Regeneration, lessons learned and opportunities for scaling up. 

Some of the technological innovations mentioned included digging trenches to increase water infiltration, planting baobob trees, and using textile bags that are degradable. Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) was also discussed as an agroforestry technique that takes care of the offspring of plants.

(French) Presentation, Part 1

(French) Presentation, Part 2