Africa / Animal Production / Climate Change / Insurance / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / West Africa

Oxfam calls for climate insurance for West African pastoralists

Government-sponsored climate insurance for pastoralists in West African’s arid Sahel region offers a solution to mitigate the loss of livestock due to recurrent droughts related to the effects of climate change, an Oxfam official has said.

Gilles Marion, Mali country director for the U.K based charity, said that pastoralists in the Sahel prepare for the now regular cycle of droughts by rearing vast herds in expectation that some would die when the crisis hits but they would be left with a few.

“Climatic insurance will be a solution because owners of livestock will know that if they lose a part of their herd, they will be reimbursed by an insurance system and they don’t have to rear vast herds,” Marion told AlertNet in Dakar.

Read more … (AlertNet)

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