An Introduction to the ARCC Adaptation in the Sahel Series
The six reports gathered under the ARCC Sahel Studies Series address diverse yet related topics. For the series, instead of conducting detailed assessments, ARCC developed unique approaches and tools for evaluating how climate change may impact the performance of crops and agricultural practices. The series also includes two documents demonstrating specific steps in these approaches: an agronomic review of the environmental and climatic requirements of crops important in the Sahel, and a manual describing farm-level adaptive practices. The final two documents described below present the climatic and environmental parameters of pests and diseases that afflict selected crops and livestock species important to the region's economy. Together these documents serve as a resource for decision makers working to reduce climate change vulnerability in the rain-fed agricultural zones of the Sahel. Beyond piloting new approaches, these documents help frame future studies by highlighting methodological challenges that need to be addressed and identifying questions for further research.
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