CILSS and partners discuss seasonal climatic forecast
CILSS and its partners held the 5th session looking at the seasonal agro-hydro-climatic situation forecast in Sudano-Sahelian Africa. The experts’ meeting took place from 30 April to 4 May in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire. The overall situation is similar to previous years. Average to above average rainfalls are expected for the June-August period in southern Mauritania, eastern Senegal, Burkina Faso, western and eastern Niger, northern Nigeria, central Chad and the northern parts of Benin and Togo. But most of the coastal areas (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, southeastern Nigeria, etc.) are likely to record normal to below-average levels of rainfall. The rainy season might start slightly late and last longer than usual. With respect to the risk of drought, experts recommend that the region improves its management of water basins, dams and barrages, uses drought resistant crops and climate-smart agricultural techniques, and establishes fodder stocks to prevent conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in transhumant areas.