Building resilience to climate change through local knowledge: the case of mountainous and savanna regions of Côte d’Ivoire

Working paper de Sadia Chérif

The dependence agriculture / rain submits agricultural productivity to climatic constraints in Man and Korhogo and limits strongly search for food safety. Farmers adopt traditional techniques of minimization of the risks for the improvement of the productivity of grounds and cultures. From analyzing for former and present practices and their justifications, this study makes a plea for incorporating traditional knowledge into scientific ones which perfect translation remains real increase of adaptive capacity of Dan and Senoufo farmers.

The author

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Alassane Ouattara University, Chérif Sadia is a sociologist. He works in the register of cultural perception of climate change and adaptive strategies of small farmers in Côte d'Ivoire. Its researches highlight the local knowledge of Ivorian peasants living in rain-fed agriculture and their incorporation into scientific knowledge in order to increase their capacity to combat climate change.


Sadia Chérif. Construire la résilience au changement climatique par les connaissances locales : le cas des régions montagneuses et des savanes de Côte d’Ivoire. FMSH-WP-2014-83. 2014.

Published at 12 November 2014