Policy debates on climate change focus almost exclusively on a scientific understanding of climate change and the mitigation of greenhouse gases. Adaptation, although officially part of the debate, has not really made an impact. This is changing - read the full article in The Economist.
A striking illustration in this same article depicts the inequality in greenhouse gas emissions:
With the possible exception of a few large scale emitters, adaptation is the name of the game in Africa. See earlier posts on the ability of African farmers to adapt in the face of climatic changes and that Africa is particularly vulnerable to climatic changes (see also here).