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A Climate Trend Analysis of Burkina Faso

Fact Sheet 2012-3084

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network - Informing Climate Change Adaptation Series
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Abstract

This brief report, drawing from a multi-year effort by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), examines recent trends in rainfall and air temperatures. These analyses are based on quality controlled station observations. Conclusions: * Summer rains have remained steady over the past 20 years, but remain 15 percent below the 1920-69 average. * Temperatures have increased by 0.6° Celsius since 1975, amplifying the effect of droughts. * The amount of farmland per person is low, and declining. * Burkina Faso has offset rapid population growth with improved yields. * Continued yield growth would maintain current levels of per capita food production.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A Climate Trend Analysis of Burkina Faso
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2012-3084
Subseries
Informing Climate Change Adaptation Series
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
4 p.
Country:
Burkina Faso