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Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa

  • Joseph A. Yaro
  • Jan Hesselberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joseph Awetori Yaro, Jan Hesselberg
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jens O. Riede, Rafael Posada, Andreas H. Fink, Frank Kaspar
    Pages 7-23
  4. Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, Pinghouinde Michel Nikiema, Peter Gibba, Ibourahima Kebe, Nana Ama Browne Klutse
    Pages 25-40
  5. Joanna Pardoe, Julia Kloos, Noël Perceval Assogba
    Pages 41-57
  6. Emmanuel K. Derbile, Francis X. Jarawura, Mohammed Y. Dombo
    Pages 83-102
  7. Jan Hesselberg, Joseph A. Yaro
    Pages 239-244

About this book


This book presents conceptual and empirical discussions of adaptation to climate change/variability in West Africa. Highlighting different countries’ experiences in adaptation by different socio-economic groups and efforts at building their adaptive capacity, it offers readers a holistic understanding of adaptation on the basis of contextual and generic sources of adaptive capacity. 

Focusing on adaptation to climate change/variability is critical because the developmental challenges West Africa faces are increasingly intertwined with its climate history. Today, climate change is a major developmental issue for agrarian rural communities with high percentages of the population earning a living directly or indirectly from the natural environment. This makes them highly vulnerable to climate-driven ecological change, in addition to threats in the broader political economic context. It is imperative that rural people adapt to climate change, but their ability to successfully do so may be limited by competing risks and vulnerabilities. As such, elucidating those vulnerabilities and sources of strength with regard to the adaptive capacities needed to support successful adaptation and avoid maladaptation is critical for future policy formulation. Though the empirical discussion is geographically based on West Africa, its applicability in terms of the processes, structures, needs, strategies, and recommendations for policy transcends the region and provides useful lessons for understanding adaptation broadly in the developing world.


Adaptation Agrarian Rural Communities Climate Change Livelihoods Resilience Risks West Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph A. Yaro
    • 1
  • Jan Hesselberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Geography and Resource Devl.University of GhanaLegonGhana
  2. 2.Dept. of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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