How can Political and Administrative Authorities Contribute to Local Community Adaptation to Climate Change in Benin?

April 22, 2016

Benin has moved toward the decentralization of state power and the active involvement of local communities. The community is now the institutional locus for the exercise of local democracy and governance, through the participation of its citizens. This case study discusses how climate change adaptation can be incorporated into local community development. Research led by the NGO Initiatives pour un développement intégré et durable found that farmers need irrigation support, better access to agro-meterological information, and support for climate disaster responses.

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This brief resulted from two projects from the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program: the research project Strengthening Farmers' Adaptive Capacity in Benin and the mentoring project Promoting Participatory Action Research through Structured Learning on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa.

The Adaptation Insights series is a joint publication of the International Development Research Centre and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), supported by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program.