This is one of a series of brief project profiles which provide insights
into the kinds of challenges Africans face in adapting to climate
change, and the strategies they are testing with research supported by
the CCAA program. The profiles are based on interviews with CCAA staff
and research team members, local officials, and community members
involved in or affected by the research.
In rural Benin, adapting to climate change will depend on improving
farmers' access to information and actively involving them in
decision-making. The project described here brings together researchers,
farmers, and local decision-makers to find ways of sharing knowledge on
climate variability, to reduce farmers' vulnerability, and to increase
food security. It is based on Benin's network of rural municipalities
or \"communes\". Meteorological pre-alert committees in 35
municipalities will bring stakeholders together in collecting and
sharing information on the risks of drought and tropical storms, among
other hazards. Field schools will also be set up for farmers.
InternationalDevelopment Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, 4 pp.
Adaptation is … Informing and involving farmers in Benin