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Communication incl. Poster: BibTeX citation key:  Diouf
Diouf, A., Nielsen, J. O., Cissé, P., Mbow, C., Mertz, O., Maiga, A., Ka, A., Diallo, D., Coulibaly, D., Barbier, B., Da Dapola, E., Zoungrana, T. P., Bouzou Moussa, I., Maman, W. M., Amadou, B., Mahaman, A., Mahaman, A., Oumarou, A., Dabi, D., Ihemegbulem, V., Zoromé, M., Ouattara, I., Kabré, M., Reenberg, A., Rasmussen, K. & Sandholt, I. 2009. Vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability in the Sahel: gender and livelihood. Work presented at Third International AMMA Conference, July 20—24, at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Added by: roussot 2009-11-23 21:21:16
Categories: Society-Environment-Climate interactions
Keywords: Adaptation and Mitigation
Creators: Amadou, Barbier, Bouzou Moussa, Cissé, Coulibaly, Da Dapola, Dabi, Diallo, Diouf, Ihemegbulem, Ka, Kabré, Mahaman, Mahaman, Maiga, Maman, Mbow, Mertz, Nielsen, Ouattara, Oumarou, Rasmussen, Reenberg, Sandholt, Zoromé, Zoungrana
Publisher: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Collection: Third International AMMA Conference

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The Increase of rainfall variability has since the beginning of the 1970s been a large and important aspect of life in the Sahel. Since all Sahelian countries rely heavily on rain-fed agriculture, the climatic variability constitutes a major challenge for food security, cash earnings, and social well-being. To counter the impact of rainfall variability on agriculture Sahelian populations have engaged in various off-farm livelihood strategies.
This talk will focus specifically on the constraints and possibilities the climate variability in the Sahel over the last 30 or so years have presented for women. Women, it will be argued, have an important role in most Sahelian households and are often exposed to different (political, economic, social) constraints than men. Women therefore explore various opportunities and these must be identified and integrate in, for example, national NAPA programs.
Based upon data collected through the AMMA WP 3.2 questionnaire and question guide applied at 14 sites across the West African Sahel, the talk will try 1) to see how the climate variability experienced in the Sahel since the 1970s have affected women, and 2) try to identify particular strategies engaged by women across the region. Finally, 3) the talk will explore if the climate variability is a drive force in changing gender relations within households in this region.
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