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A climate trend analysis of Chad

  • Climate Change
  • Chad
  • June 2012
A climate trend analysis of Chad

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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), identifies significant decreases in rainfall and increases in air temperature across Chad, especially in the eastern part of the country. These analyses are based on quality-controlled station observations.

    Key Messages
    • Summer rains have decreased in eastern Chad during the past 25 years.

    • Temperatures have increased by 0.8° Celsius since 1975, amplifying the effect of droughts.

    • Crop yields are very low and stagnant. 

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

    • Population growth combined with stagnating yields could lead to a 30 percent reduction in per capita cereal production by 2025. 

    • In many cases, areas with changing climate are coincident with zones of substantial conflict, indicating some degree of association; however, the contribution of climate change to these conflicts is not currently understood.

    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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