Why do African and Asian farmers need climate services? Asking them all one question: how does climate change impact your livelihoods? Your Ability to maintain a decent level of living and provide for yourself and your families? What I’ve heard from farmer testimonies and focus group discussions is that Farmers are already adapting . Faced with a more erratic climate, across Africa farmers are already devising innovative strategies and deploying tremendous efforts to cope such as walking longer miles to look for arable land and organizing community solidarity safety nets-akin to local insurance schemes, often also forfeiting meager household assets when shock is too great to cope with. However, there is a point where local capacities to cope fall short, and a little push is needed to get them back on their feet.
One of the ways in which I’ve found that we can effectively give this little push from the outside is through advance information on atmospheric and weather conditions and the state of the climate- to enable them to anticipate climate-related changes and hazards coming their way. Learn more:ccafs.cgiar.org