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IFPRI Analyzes Climate Change Impacts on West African Agriculture


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Date of publication: 2013-06-04

Associated Organization: IFPRI

Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security

Regions: West Africa

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo


As the world’s population grows from around 7 billion in 2012 to around 9 billion by 2050, the population in countries south of the Sahara is likely to surge from around 850 million today to around 1.7 billion in 2050. West Africa alone will make up more than 35 percent of Africa south of the Sahara and almost 7 percent of the world’s population in 2050. Most of the people making up this population increase are expected to live in urban areas and to have higher incomes than currently is the case, which will result in increased demand for food. In the best of circumstances, the challenge of meeting this demand in a sustainable manner will be enormous. When one takes into account the effects of climate change (higher temperatures, shifting seasons, more frequent and extreme weather events, flooding, and drought) on food production, that challenge grows even more daunting. The global food price spikes of 2008, 2010, and 2012 are harbingers of a troubled future for global food security.

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