Welcome to the June 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA.
In early April, about a third of the world’s population was in some form of lockdown as governments or-dered businesses, schools and institutions to shut, and issued stay-at-home instructions to citizens in an effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. During these business-unusual times, Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) researchers are re-designing their end-of-project plans amidst the uncertainty of not knowing when different countries across Africa will begin lifting lockdown restrictions, allow travel, and gatherings.
Agriculturalists in government, the private sector, and development organisations in Senegal have an appetite for climate information to assist with planning, in order to make the sector more resilient in the face of anticipated climatic changes.
Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the Future Climate for Africa newsletter showcasing the recent highlights and work of FCFA.
A new, fine-grained climate model designed for Africa, which better catches the details of air currents driving rainfall and storm activity across the continent, is producing more robust future projections for overall rainfall and high-impact extreme rain events than previous models.
The Peanut Basin in Senegal is the heartland of agriculture in this West African country. On the average hot day in summer the temperature might reach around 28°C. But the temperature in the soil, baking under the sun, may climb to as high as 60°C, which can take its toll on the microbial life in the top layer of ground. If these heat spells don’t last for too long, soil organisms bounce back fairly quickly, and can continue to support crop growth.
The average temperature increase across the West African region, linked with rising atmospheric carbon pollution, is in line with the global trend: 1°C, relative to pre-industrial times. New crop modelling now confirms that this rise in regional temperature could account for significant cereal losses in West Africa in recent years.
We are excited to share with you Future Climate for Africa's final newsletter for 2019 showcasing the recent work of FCFA in what has been a busy and productive last few months.
Fatick is in the heart of the peanut basin in Senegal, about 130km south-east of the capital, Dakar. The town perches on the edge of one of the many thin green tributaries that snake down from the desert and feed into the Saloum River which spills out into the Atlantic Ocean at a massive delta on the coast.
Achieving food security goals in West Africa will depend on the capacity of the agricultural sector to feed the rapidly growing population and to moderate the adverse impacts of climate change. A number of studies anticipate a reduction of the crop yield of the main staple food crops in the region by 2050 due to global warming.