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Andreas Schlueter, Andreas H. Fink, and Peter Knippertz

1. Introduction The West African monsoon (WAM) system strongly affects livelihoods in northern tropical Africa. The highly weather-dependent agricultural sector employs 60% of the work force in West Africa and contributes 35% of the gross domestic product (GDP; Jalloh et al. 2013 ). As the WAM exhibits considerable variability on daily to subseasonal time scales ( Janicot et al. 2011 ), farmers and pastoralists can substantially benefit from weather forecasts and adapt their cropping ( Roudier

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Andreas Schlueter, Andreas H. Fink, Peter Knippertz, and Peter Vogel

://<3890:COSROT>2.0.CO;2 . 10.1175/1520-0493(2001)129<3890:COSROT>2.0.CO;2 FAO , 2016 : AQUASTAT. FAO, . Fink , A. H. , and P. Speth , 1997 : Some potential forcing mechanisms of the year-to-year variability of the tropical convection and its intraseasonal (25–70-day) variability . Int. J. Climatol. , 17 , 1513 – 1534 ,<1513::AID-JOC210>3.0.CO;2-U . 10.1002/(SICI)1097

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