Urgent call for action to combat climate shocks in West Africa

  • Despite contributing less than 1% to global greenhouse gas emissions, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, and Mali are heavily affected by climatic hazards, leading to displacement, economic challenges and food access disruptions.
  • Conflict is exacerbating the impacts of climate change in the central Sahel, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria—creating additional risks and inequalities in already vulnerable societies.
  • "During COP28, it is crucial to focus on greater collaboration between humanitarian actors, local and national authorities, climate scientists, and other stakeholders,” said Modou Diaw, the IRC’s vice president for West Africa.
Read the December 5 press release.

Country facts

  • Total population: 17 million
  • People displaced by crisis: 291,000
  • Rank in Human Development Index: 189 of 191

IRC response

  • Started work in Niger: 2013