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A Climate Trend Analysis of Niger

  • Climate Change
  • Niger
  • June 2012
A Climate Trend Analysis of Niger

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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 a substantial recovery of rainfall in Niger, accompanied by increases in air temperatures. These analyses are based on quality-controlled station observations.

    Key Messages
    • Summer rains have increased during the past 20 years and have almost returned to 1960–89 levels. 

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

    • Crop yields are very low and stagnant, and the population is growing very rapidly. 

    • Niger has offset very rapid population growth with a large expansion of cultivated land. 

    • If the expansion of farmland slows down, stagnant yields and population growth could lead to increased food insecurity.

    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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