The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Can climate services serve African farmers’ needs, at scale? Evidence, good practice, and remaining gaps

Access to relevant climate services for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa has increased substantially over the years, yet uptake and integration in decision making remains highly variable. Many crop farmers, but fewer livestock farmers and pastoralists, with access to climate services act on the information. While estimates of the economic benefits of agricultural climate services are generally positive, uncertainty remains due largely to methodological challenges and evidence gaps between available services and what we know about farmers’ needs.

As climate service practice matures, achieving scale will require overcoming some persistent weaknesses in their design and implementation, and capturing and communicating the benefits of improved climate services for reducing agricultural risk.

At the November Adaptation Community Meeting, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) will present on the state of evidence about the uptake, use and impact of climate services for farming in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on lessons learned from the USAID-supported Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) project, with illustrations from the Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, as well as other USAID-supported agricultural climate services activities in Africa. The presentation will examine how growing evidence provides insights about good practice for agricultural climate services.
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Addressing Gaps in Climate Services for Agriculture: The AgMetGaps Project

When a farmer makes decisions about what to plant, when to plant and how to care for her crop, her observations regarding weather and climate from the past year are not necessarily a good indication of what is likely happen this year. Climate services such as seasonal climate forecasts connected to crop simulation models or other types of decision support approaches (e.g. participatory roundtables) adapted to the farmer’s specific context have the potential to facilitate decision-making in communities confronting increasing climate variability and climate change.

While climate services have the potential to support agricultural decision-making, their effectiveness and suitability can vary substantially from one site to another. Given limited resources and a multitude of potential investment priorities, it is extremely important to approach investment in climate services in a systematic way that is both demand driven and has high potential for success.

Join the next Adaptation Community Meeting to hear from USAID adaptation advisor Kevin Coffey and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) senior scientist Steven Prager on USAID's investments and strategies for climate services, specifically the work of the AgMetGaps project.
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Methods and tools to support the implementation of EbA in the agricultural sectors

Join FAO for the second webinar of the module on Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the Agricultural Sectors of the “Scaling-up of Adaptation in the Agricultural Sectors” (SAAS) webinar series. The first webinar of the module introduced ecosystem-based management approaches of natural resources, in the context of climate change adaptation, through case study experiences from watershed management and agroecology. For those that were unable to join last time, please find the presentations from the first webinar here.

The second webinar of the EbA in the Agricultural Sectors module will introduce methods and tools that can support the planning and implementation of the ecosystem-based management of natural resources in the context of climate change adaptation.
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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Assessment of farming practices in two territories of Central America

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership invites you to the next webinar in its webinar series. Hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, this webinar will focus on climate-smart agriculture.

Climate-smart Agriculture is an approach to develop the technical, policy and investment conditions to promote a sustainable agricultural development that contributes to food security in the context of climate change. To apply this approach it is important to develop support frameworks to facilitate the identification of best practice portfolios and prioritize investments.

This webinar will present the "Framework for prioritizing investment in climate-smart agriculture" a methodological tool developed by the CCAFS-CIAT and adapted by CATIE in order to apply in two Central American territories where the Mesoamerican Agro- environmental Program (MAP) operates. This tool allows for the identification and evaluation of technically and economically promising practices of climate-smart agriculture, and building portfolios with best practices selected by key players through participatory processes. The webinar will be held in Spanish. Read More...