Policies for reducing agricultural sector vulnerability to climate change in Mali Academic Article uri icon


  • The Mali agricultural sector and the country's food security are potentially vulnerable to climate change. Policies may be able to mitigate some of the climate change vulnerability. This article investigates several policy changes that may reduce vulnerability, including climate-specific and other policies. The policy set includes migration of cropping patterns, development of high-temperature-resistant cultivars, reduction in soil productivity loss, cropland expansion, adoption of improved cultivars, and changes in trade patterns. When all policies are considered together, results under climate change show an annual gain of $252 million in economic benefits as opposed to a $161 million loss without policy adjustment. Simultaneously, undernourishment is reduced to 17% of the Malian population as compared with 64% without policy adjustment. We also find tradeoffs in cases between economic benefits and undernourishment. Policies are also studied individually and collectively. Overall, the results indicate that policy can play an important role in reducing climate change vulnerability in Mali. 2006 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Climate Policy

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Butt, T. A., McCarl, B. A., & Kergna, A. O.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Butt, Tanveer A||McCarl, Bruce A||Kergna, Alpha O

publication date

  • January 2006