REPORT: Sustainable Farmland Management in the Context of Climate Change in Inland Valleys of Southern Benin
Inland valleys constitute an important but underutilized land type for food production in West Africa. In southern Benin, production in these valleys is limited by lack of appropriate water management and limited access to input and output markets. This lack of appropriate water management has been exacerbated by recent climate change manifested through more frequent floods and below average rainfall years that increase the frequency of crop failure that in turn diminishes the contribution of inland valleys to food security in West Africa and Benin in particular.
This project, Sustainable Farmland Management in the Context of Climate Change in Inland Valleys of Southern Benin, expanded knowledge of how to better manage inland valleys in Southern Benin for improved food security in the context of climate change. It did this through 1) evaluating the suitability of current inland valleys water management schemes for hydraulic/hydrologic functioning in the context of climate change; 2) assessing the vulnerability of farmers to climate change and effective adaptation strategies in inland valleys; and 3) informing relevant stakeholders about the most appropriate inland valley management options.
This project and publication has been produced as part of the START call for research on the theme of ‘Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security’ in Africa, with an emphasis on the sustainability of ecosystem services in Africa. Objectives of this call are to commission high quality, independent, policy-relevant and credible research to support policy making for sustainable development in the region, to build the capacities of regional research partners to conduct high level research and to create a platform for knowledge sharing at the regional level. The funding has been provided by US National Science Foundation, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and CDKN.
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