Mali and Senegal
Climate change and impact on nutrition
Sarah McKune, Ph.D., M.P.H., the director of public health programs and a clinical assistant professor in the department of epidemiology, is collaborating with South Dakota State University on its ongoing studies of climate change in West Africa. Led by SDSU’s Niall Hanan, Ph.D., the team has developed a pastoral ecosystem model to predict how climate change and emerging land use patterns will change availability of key resources such as water, livestock feed and movement corridors on which pastoralists depend. McKune is leading efforts to improve the integration of gender and nutrition into the current field work. She works with project personnel and partners in Mali and Senegal, including training of NGO partners in research methods for nutritional analysis and collaborating with staff and project partners to develop methodologies to explore gender and its impact on adaptation to climate change. She is also conducting an analysis of the nutrition of livestock herders at six sites throughout Senegal with the goal of improving their capacity to adapt to climate and other environmental changes.