Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace

Climate Change, Security Risks and Conflict Reduction in Africa

A Case Study of Farmer-Herder Conflicts over Natural Resources in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso 1960–2000

Authors: Cabot, Charlène

  • Thorough introduction to key concepts on the links between climate change and conflicts
  • Work provides practical approach: how can politics and policies help reduce climate conflicts
  • Work focus on a vulnerable region (Western Africa) where more information is needed to face the upcoming challenge
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Millions of people are already affected by weather-related shocks every year in West Africa and climate change is highly likely to increase these threats. In the wake of climate change, rising temperatures, increasingly irregular rainfall and more frequent natural hazards will endanger the ways of life of vulnerable population groups in this region and destabilize their human security. A surge in violence and conflicts could take place. One of the conflict constellations could be between farmers and herders. These groups are highly vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on natural resources Millions of people are already affected by weather-related shocks every year in West Africa and climate change is highly likely to increase these threats. In the wake of climate change, rising temperatures, increasingly irregular rainfall and more frequent natural hazards will endanger the ways of life of vulnerable population groups in this region and destabilize their human security. A surge in violence and conflicts could take place. One of the conflict constellations could be between farmers and herders. These groups are highly vulnerable to climate change due to their dependence on natural resources for their subsistence. Furthermore, they are historically prone to enter into conflict over issues of access to natural resources. However, social, economic and political circumstances fundamentally influence environmental conflicts. There might thus be opportunities to face the societal challenges of climate change in a peaceful way and the political and institutional framework could play an important role in reducing conflict and violence. In order to explore such a path, this study analyses the potential of political factors (policies and institutions) for the reduction of climate-change-induced or  aggravated conflicts between farmers and herders. After a theoretical demonstration, a case study of agro-pastoral conflicts in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana is conducted. their subsistence. Furthermore, they are historically prone to enter into conflict over issues of access to natural resources. However, social, economic and political circumstances fundamentally influence environmental conflicts. There might thus be opportunities to face the societal challenges of climate change in a peaceful way and the political and institutional framework could play an important role in reducing conflict and violence. In order to explore such a path, this study analyses the potential of political factors (policies and institutions) for the reduction of climate-change-induced or ‑aggravated conflicts between farmers and herders. After a theoretical demonstration, a case study of agro-pastoral conflicts in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana is conducted.

About the authors

Charlène Cabot (born 1988 in France) completed her undergraduate studies in Political and Social Sciences at Sciences Po Paris and at the University of Sydney. Ms Cabot subsequently obtained a double Master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the Free University of Berlin with a major in Sustainable Development and Environmental Politics (2011). Ms Cabot joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in December 2011. After working in Germany, Senegal, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and in the Policy and Programme Division at WFP headquarters, she is currently based in N’Djamena (Chad).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cabot, Charlène

    Pages 3-7

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  • Climate Change and Farmer–Herder Conflicts in West Africa

    Cabot, Charlène

    Pages 11-44

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  • Causal Linkages Between Environmental Change and Conflict

    Cabot, Charlène

    Pages 45-62

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  • The Importance of Political Factors in Reducing Conflict and Upholding Security

    Cabot, Charlène

    Pages 63-83

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  • The Potential of Political Factors for the Reduction of Climate-Change-Induced or -Aggravated Farmer–Herder Conflicts

    Cabot, Charlène

    Pages 87-111

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 145,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-29236-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Change, Security Risks and Conflict Reduction in Africa
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of Farmer-Herder Conflicts over Natural Resources in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso 1960–2000
Authors
Series Title
Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-29237-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-29237-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-29236-1
Series ISSN
1865-5793
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 190
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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