Venture into Niger,
in the heart of the Sahel,
in the heart of the dry season,
and you will bake and broil.
Not a drop of rain
has fallen here in months.
The hot, dry harmattan winds
that blow down from the Sahara
brush dust onto everything.
Your camera, your teeth, your eyelids. Your food.
An Era of Drought.
Some of the most advanced kingdoms in Africa's history flourished in the Sahel.
But today it is one of the poorest and least developed regions in the world. As Alessandra mentioned, it is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change and variability.
One shot at rain.
The regions's sole rainy season runs from June to September.
The rest of the year, the landscape is bone-dry.
Abdou is a hydrologist
at the Centre Regional de
Formation et d'Application en
or Agrhymet for short.
Agrhymet, based in Niamey,
is dedicated to achieving
food security and increased
agricultural production in West Africa,
as well as improving management
of the region's natural resources.
The Role of Seasonal Forecasting.
Francesco Fiondella is senior communications officer