Climate change means that rainfall in Niger’s semi-arid Sahel region is becoming increasingly unpredictable, with changes in timings, frequency and the amount of rainfall. Temperatures are rising gradually. These changes, plus population pressure, are having a major impact on the natural grasslands, resulting in the spread of the desert and the loss of soil fertility.

This case study describes how the Tuareg nomadic people have adapted their way of life by establishing ‘fixation sites’, and shares some of the impacts on food security, literacy and drought preparedness these have made.

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