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Study Papers | Environmental Science Studies | Mali | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
Diversification of Livelihoods as an Adaptive Response to Climate Change Impacts in Mali's Sahel Region: Case of Diema Circle
Youssouf GUINDO | Hady Diallo 
Abstract: This article delves into the pressing concern of climate changes escalating impact on the Sahel region, with a specific focus on Mali. The transformative effects of climate change on agricultural systems have prompted communities to devise adaptive strategies. This study centers on the analysis of livelihood diversification within the context of climate change in Diema Circle. Employing a mixed - method approach involving both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques, the research unveils the role of diversifying livelihoods as a crucial adaptation tactic by the inhabitants of Diema Circle to counteract the detrimental effects of climate change on agriculture. The diversification strategy encompasses two key categories: activities reliant on natural resources and those based on non - natural resources. Noteworthy among the former are practices like market gardening, agricultural services provisioning, wood exploitation, and livestock trading, each serving as essential sources of income for surveyed households. The latter category encompasses trade, crafts, and transport - related activities. Overall, this article elucidates how the diversification of income sources has emerged as a vital means of both survival and prosperity for the local populations grappling with the challenges posed by climate change in the Sahel region.
Keywords: Livelihoods, Climate Change, Adaptation, circle of Diema, Mali
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 2322 - 2328