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Managing Uncertainty

An Economic Evaluation of Community-Based Adaptation in Dakoro, Niger

The hypothesis this research aims to test is the following: is community-based adaptation an efficient and effective strategy for building resilience and adaptive capacity? If yes, to what extent?

To answer this question, an extended Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (SCBA) was used to compare and contrast the benefits and investment of CARE International’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) in Dakoro, Niger. Due to its geographical location and socio-economic characteristics, Niger is highly dependent on climate conditions and highly vulnerable to climate variability. Given that agricultural production does not keep up with population growth, an increased number of households are put at risk of malnutrition. As a result, climate vulnerability is but one in a web of complex interdependences between climatic, socio-economic, institutional and ecological factors.