Research on Economics of Climate Change in West Africa

August 03, 2015.  

A Summary of Findings and Outlooks based on the cooperation of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the WASCAL doctoral program on Economics of Climate Change at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

Agriculture continues to play a key role in delivering food security, poverty alleviation and general development to West African countries where a large proportion of the population lives in rural areas and is directly or indirectly dependent on the agricultural sector. Climate change exposes agriculture to unprecedented challenges and adaptation to climate change is essential to mitigate its adverse effects. Successful adaptation to climate change requires decision making at various scales and economic analysis plays a vital role in understanding and guiding decision making processes. Our focus, therefore, is on farmers and the policies that shape the frameworks within which they act. At the same time, we emphasize on building capacity of young African scholars in order to support decision making at the national and international policy levels.