In Senegal, AMMA-2050 are supporting climate-resilient agriculture by providing marginalised groups with agriculture climate information and working with national and regional decision-makers to inform development plans and determine sectoral National Determined Contributions (NDCs).
AMMA-2050 will provide women and marginalised groups with information regarding future crop yields, water availability and suitable adaptation options. Gender and inclusion are amongst the issues reviewed during the annual project meeting. Research from the pilot aims to produce knowledge that could contribute to reconciling development goals with coping with climate change, targeting specifically poor farmers living with less than 1 USD/day/capita. The models and serious games employed in the pilot account for labour and resource allocation across gender and marginalisation and how these are likely to evolve with changes in the production system in response to changes in the biophysical and economic environment. Projections of temperature increase suggest labour becoming harder for women than men. Likewise, the impacts of dry spells can be greater for women in agriculture, due to their different roles in production (and hence greater exposure), and their differing access to resources, when constrained by dry spells.
Senegal is developing national adaptation plans, agricultural plans and determining sectoral National Determined Contributions (NDCs). These present opportunities for AMMA-2050 to engage with national and regional decision-makers. AMMA-2050 conducted a forum with national and regional decision-makers in Dakar to inform these plans and NDCs. Following this engagement during the forum, AMMA-2050 are communicating with researchers the questions and needs of decision-makers. AMMA-2050 aim, with their in-country partners, to report back on what they can potentially deliver. More broadly, the Government of Senegal has profiled the need to strengthen links between researchers and decision-makers, proposing to work with policy ‘think tanks’ and create a Bureau de Prospective Economique in the Prime Minister’s Office.