In response to the increasing intensity of droughts in the Sahel and their negative impacts on food production systems, a group of scientists has proposed modeling drought mechanisms.
The compilation of data has led to the creation of an index for recognizing vulnerability to agricultural drought (MADVI).
This index results from statistical data combined with satellite observations. Consequently, ‘classes’ of vulnerability have been defined based on around thirty factors.
Financed by the Islamic Development Bank, this study relies on satellite observations of anomalies to construct a model for vulnerability to agricultural drought, adapted to the arid ecosystem of the Sahel.
This new tool serves as an early warning system for territories facing potential drought vulnerability.