Burkina Faso is a country in the heart of the Sahel. Due to its geographical location, it is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. 86% of the rural population in Burkina Faso is engaged in agricultural activities. Though some farmers may be unaware of theoretical and scientific understandings of climate change, they live daily with its effects – including erratic rainfall patterns and rising temperatures. The consequences of these include crop losses, lack of grazing, and food shortages. Yet despite this, farmers have been able to deal with different, cyclical swings in weather using their own techniques and local expertise.
The consideration, and extension, of local knowledge in agriculture is essential for rural agricultural development in a context of climate change. This report aims to identify and analyse the coping strategies developed by farmers to address climate risks in the semi-arid lands of Burkina Faso.
Image: Farmer Kabré Ali, farmer in Tintilou village, Burkina Faso, by CIFOR