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Advocating for family planning in the united nations strategic response plan for the sahel 

UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNCOHA) 2014-2016 response plan has a nearly one billion dollar shortfall. Meanwhile, the plan's executive summary states "despite a 1% increase in overall crop yield (over the last five year average), the per capita yield declined by 13% due to population growth." That plan does not include reproductive health services. And yet decades of evidence show that upholding a women's right to make choices about family size results in meaningful changes in national-level demography. OASIS is making the case for inclusion of family planning in the Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel. 

Friends of the Sahel Network

Launching the Friends of the Sahel Network (FOSN) was one of OASIS' initial achievements. FOSN is a virtual, international network of people interested in the Sahel and the work of OASIS. The network is a platform to share occasional highlights from our work and opportunities for our friends in the region. Our Friends of the Sahel network has grown to over 2,500 members and interest in our work continues to increase.

debating populations and emissions

Alisha Graves contributed three essays to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists roundtable on the topic: Are efforts to limit population growth a legitimate element of climate mitigation - and can they be pursued without exacting unacceptable ethical costs? See part of her response below: 

Lessons of the Sahel: Family planning as a means for mitigating climate change is a familiar enough idea, but family planning for adapting to climate change may sound far out. It is not. Because climate change negatively affects some staple crops, it worsens food insecurity in parts of the world. But according to a 2012 study that modeled climate change, food production, and population growth in Ethiopia, achieving low fertility by 2050 might fully make up for climate change's negative effects on Ethiopian agriculture. (A lower overall population means more calories are available for person.) Perhaps more tellingly, some rural women in Ethiopia say they are choosing smaller families to help them better deal with the negative effects of climate change. Women in Niger say that smaller families mean less competition for food during the lean season.
-- Excerpt from Graves, A. 2015, Green Sex for climate's sake, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


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