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CR4D Project / Restitution workshop on the transboundary effect of climate change on the sub-regional livestock trade in Côte d'Ivoire

A team of CSRS researchers, in collaboration with a team from CIRAD-ILRI, is implementing a research project entitled "Spillover effect of climate change on cattle economy in Côte d'Ivoire" within the framework of the "Fellowship CR4D" (Climate Research 4 Development) programme executed by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

To this end, a workshop to restitute the results of the said project took place from Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd July 2020, at Nsa hotel in Grand-Bassam.

According to the organizers, this workshop was initiated in order to present and discuss the main results obtained concerning the impact of climate change on livestock marketing in Côte d'Ivoire.

Côte d'Ivoire stands to lose more than 50% of its cattle exports from Mali and Burkina Faso if minimum temperatures in these countries increase in the next 30 years.

Therefore, during this workshop of restitution to the main actors of the livestock sector, Dr Ariane Amin, Associate Researcher at the CSRS, Principal Investigator of the project, presented the results of this study.

From these results, it appears that Côte d'Ivoire is subject to a potential 85% reduction in cattle exports from Mali and Burkina Faso if minimum temperatures in the Sudanian zone of these countries increase by one degree (1°C).

By 2050, i.e. within thirty years, an increase of 0.9°C is projected according to a moderate scenario equivalent to a future situation with mitigation mechanisms and thus a potential decrease of more than 50% in export flows from Mali and Burkina Faso.

This is why, for Prof. Inza Koné, Supervisor of the said project, it is urgent to "develop mechanisms of resilience to climate change" since, if nothing is done between now and 2050, this rise in temperature will have a significant impact on the livestock sector.

Hence, the importance of this study, especially since the results of this study will enable "Côte d'Ivoire to anticipate climate risks on food security and the vulnerability of stakeholders in the livestock sector (...). At the sub-regional level, anticipating climate risk for the development of this sector will also contribute to the strengthening of regional economic integration", as pointed out by Dr. Amin. 

Let us recall that this project is led by Dr. AMIN Ariane (Lecturer -Researcher - UFHB / Associate Researcher - CSRS) under the supervision of Pr Inza KONE (lecturer-researcher - UFHB / Director General - CSRS) and Dr. Abdramane WANE (Livestock development Expert - CIRAD-ILRI).   

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