How can farmers in Burkina Faso adapt to climate change?

Climate change has large repercussions on farmers in Burkina Faso. Along with our co-authors from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the University of Kassel and the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), we wrote a report which contributes to answering the initial question. In the report, we assessed future climate risks and possible adaptation measures. The HFFA authors and contributors, Matti Cartsburg, Isabel Hackenberg, Juliane Kaufmann, Sophia Lüttringhaus and Steffen Noleppa, contributed by conducting cost-benefit analyses to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of four potential adaptation measures: integrated soil fertility management, supplementary irrigation, improved varieties and climate information services. These measures were suggested and selected by different national stakeholders. They were analyzed regarding their potential to mitigate climate risks, (cost-)effectiveness and suitability for local conditions. All four adaptation strategies were found to be economically beneficial, can have a high potential for risk mitigation and entail different co-benefits. This evaluation can support local decision makers on adaptation planning and implementation as well as investments in Burkina Faso.


The report was prepared together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and stakeholders from local and national governmental institutions, civil society, academia, the private sector, practitioners and development partners.


The full report can be downloaded here:

More information on the AGRICA projects can be accessed here and here we further describe our work for the AGRICA project.