Despite the rain. Living and dealing with climate change in a small West African village

Start date: 31 December, 2005 End date: 30 December, 2010 Project type: Smaller projects: PhD Project code: 914-KU Countries: Burkina Faso Thematic areas: Climate change, Natural resource management, Lead institution: University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Science, Department of Geography and Geology, Total grant: 2,226,577 DKK Contact person: Jonas Ƙstergaard Nielsen


The main findings of this study were that climate is difficult to single out as a driver of change and human actions even at a small scale such as the village the researcher worked in. Gender, age, ethnicity matters in ability to adapt; people in the Sahel have adapted well to the changes experienced in the climate there over the past 50 years, and have done so by diversifying their livelihoods out of rainfed agriculture.