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Natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa : assets and vulnerabilities

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Abstract(English): Africa is rich in oil and mineral resources, but has severe shortages of water and suffers from an accelerating pressure on its arable land and forests. Climate change is expected to cause major problems for African populations with increase of water stress and severely compromised agricultural production. Local food supplies will be negatively affected and, towards the end of the 21st century, sea-level rise will affect low-lying coastal areas. The report argues that the poorest countries are most vulnerable to climate change and that Africa is particularly exposed. Sweden should consider full integration of climate change adaptation strategies in its development cooperation with African partners. This will likely mean that some existing priorities will be further accentuated, such as needs to provide water and sanitation services to the poor, raising agricultural productivity, and curbing deforestation.
CONTENTS -- Climate change: impacts and vulnerabilities -- Four dimensions of natural resource development -- Agriculture and employment -- Vulnerability and adaptation strategies -- Principal actors and Sweden's role
Authors: Nordic Africa Institute
Type: Report
Subject: Natural resources
Climate change
Environmental effects
Agricultural sector
Sustainable development
Development strategy
Policy making
Africa south of Sahara
Social Sciences

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