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Working Paper 248 - Farmers’ Vulnerability to Climate Shocks: Insights from the Niger Basin of Benin


Climate change and variability constitutes a serious global environmental issue (Hare et al., 2011; Vincent and Cull, 2014). Thus, the occurrence of climate shocks and extreme climatic events such as floods, droughts, strong winds, heat waves, earthquakes, hurricanes is widespread.2 The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014) stated that climate shocks will likely have an overall negative effect on agricultural production in many African countries and regions, and this could lead to food insecurity and malnutrition exacerbation.

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