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.

When: 4-5:30 pm EDT; Thursday, 29 November
Where: Webinar (online) & in person at Chemonics International (1717 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006)
How to Register: Click here to register whether joining webinar or in person

The live webinar of the event will be available at

About the Speaker:
Dr. Jim Hansen works with the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) where he leads the Flagship on Climate Services and Safety Nets. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), at Columbia University, New York, where he has worked since 1999. Dr. Hansen has worked on managing climate-related risk for agriculture and food security since 1996. His research focuses on finding practical, equitable and scalable solutions to the challenges of making farmer livelihoods more resilient through climate services, climate-related insurance, and better management of climate-related risk. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida.