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Climate Risk Analysis for Identifying and Weighing Adaptation Strategies in Niger’s Agricultural Sector

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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Climate / Weather / Environment
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Weather & Climate related
Felicitas Röhrig, Nele Gloy, Sophie von Loeben, Christoph Gornott
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Niger has a high socio-economic dependency on agriculture which is strongly influenced by weather related factors and highly vulnerable to climate change. Currently, only limited information on climate risks and its impacts is available for the agricultural sector in the country. Therefore, this study aims to provide a comprehensive climate risk analysis including a thorough evaluation of four potential adaptation strategies that can guide local decision makers on adaptation planning and implementation in Niger: (1) agroforestry and farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) of trees, (2) integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), (3) irrigation and (4) improved fodder management for livestock.

Keywords: climate change adaptation, climate impacts, climate risk, agriculture, livestock, Niger, biophysical modelling, cost-benefit analysis, multicriteria analysis.