The Sahel region is acutely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and desertification, with many of its rapidly-expanding populations largely relying on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as smallholder agriculture, pastoralism, and fishing.
Declining cereal production stemming from environmental and political insecurity has led to the region’s worst hunger crisis in a decade in 2022, with 33 million people classified as food insecure. Despite the severe impacts of environmental variabilities on agricultural capacities, biodiversity, and livelihoods, Sahelian countries continue to lack sufficient domestic and international climate finance for adaptation and mitigation.
At this event, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Niger Hon. Dr Ahmat Jidoud will discuss the financing priorities for promoting community-led climate policy in the Sahel that centres livelihood creation and diversification. He will also outline how Niger plans to balance financing needs between emergency food assistance, immediate climate responses and longer-term mitigation measures.
This event is the fourth in a series on ‘Towards just transition: Connecting green financing and sustainable job creation in Africa’, supported by the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator.
This meeting will be conducted in French and English with simultaneous interpretation.