Can domestic staple crop production meet the demand in Burkina Faso?
Rahel Laudien1, Christoph Gornott2, Bernhard Schauberger1, Jillian Waid1
1Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Research Department II: Climate Resilience, Germany
Almost half of the Burkinabe population is moderately or severely affected by food insecurity. Due to ongoing armed conflicts and the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the number of food insecure people is even expected to increase. Moreover, climate change further jeopardises domestic food production and thus food security. Comparing the actually supplied calories in the current growing season with those usually consumed from staple crops, allows us to provide early information on shortages in domestic cereal production. This information can contribute to increased food security and enable governments to take anticipatory actions to adjust food imports in case of expected harvest losses or ask for external food assistance.
Keywords: Burkina Faso, climate change, food security, maize, millet, sorghum, statistical crop modelling, yield forecasting
Contact Address: Rahel Laudien, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Research Department II: Climate Resilience, Potsdam, Germany, e-mail: laudienpik-potsdam.de