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Improving communication first step to enhance climate change adaptation in West Africa (CCFAS)

Cet article souligne l’importance des efforts de communication institutionnelle dans l’adaptation au changement climatique, pour assurer une dissémination d’informations permettant que les processus de conception de politiques publiques reposent sur des acquis scientifiques solides.

Auteur : Abdoulaye Moussa, CCAFS West Africa

West Africa is one of the most affected regions by climate change due to its dependency on rain-fed agriculture. Agriculture is a mainstay for most countries and a potential way out of poverty for millions of small-scale farmers. Policies and strategies therefore need to effectively address climate change adaptation within the agriculture sector, so as to achieve the millennium development goals and promote sufficient food for all.

One major constraint when it comes to adaptation is poorly institutionalized communications efforts that can disseminate scientific information to ensure that developing country policy-making is based on evidence. With the increasing needs of science-based policies on climate change adaptation, strengthening the communication at the science–policy interface becomes critical.

Recognizing the gap in communication, knowledge and understanding by policy-makers of researchers associated processes and vice-versa, CCAFS West Africa Regional Program hosted a high-level policy session in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at the end of October.

The aim was to exchange information and ideas on challenges and ways forward for better inclusive communication such as knowledge sharing and dialogue that are needed to promote climate-smart agriculture in the region.

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Source : CCAFS

Crédits: AK-Project