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A Climate Trend Analysis of Burkina Faso

  • Climate Change
  • Burkina Faso
  • June 2012
A Climate Trend Analysis of Burkina Faso

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    This brief report, drawing from a multi-year effort by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), examines recent trends in rainfall and air temperatures. These analyses are based on quality controlled station observations.

    Key Messages
    • Summer rains have remained steady over the past 20 years, but remain 15 percent below the 1920–69 average. 

    • Temperatures have increased by 0.6° Celsius since 1975, amplifying the effect of droughts.

    • The amount of farmland per person is low, and declining. 

    • Burkina Faso has offset rapid population growth with improved yields. 

    • Continued yield growth would maintain current levels of per capita food production.

    Periodically, FEWS NET publishes products related to the impact of the changing climate on food security. They include thematic reports, research papers, and scholarly articles ranging from such topics as rising sea surface temperatures to new rainfall patterns to water availability.

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