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Climate Smart Products For Agriculture
(The Jamaican context)
Glenroy Brown
Meteorologist / Climate Technical Officer
Jama...
Developing Climate Service in Jamaica
for the Agriculture sector
WHY would the Met
Service want to
develop climate
service...
The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) considers
small islands, like Jamaica, to be
some of the most vulnera...
This is because climate change
will have disproportionately
greater impacts on our societies,
economies and ecosystems in
...
Agriculture in Jamaica is
particularly vulnerable to the
impulses of climate variability and
change, given its open field ...
In recognition of this, a Working
Group on Climate Services for
Agriculture in Jamaica was
formed in May 2013.
Developing ...
The group is co-chaired by the
Meteorological Services and RADA and
comprises of other members from the
Ministry of Agricu...
The group has three clearly defined goals:
I. Identify priority areas of need for climate services in
the agriculture sect...
1. We Built awareness of available weather products which
include:
 Farmers bulletin disseminated to extension officers m...
2. Conducted assessment of the usefulness of monthly farmers’
bulletin through:
o Focus group discussions held with farmer...
3. Development of our drought and precipitation monitoring and forecast tools
 A forecast for rainfall for three months i...
• Seasonal Rainfall and Temperature Outlook
(Climate Predictability Tool)
Station
Jamaica
Below (B) % Normal (N) % Above (...
Developing Climate Service in Jamaica
for the Agriculture sector
Seasonal Drought Forecast (SPI)
Developing Climate Service in Jamaica
for the Agriculture sector
Real time Weather Forecast
Take Away Message
CLIMATE SERVICES
Thank You!
Glenroy Brown
Meteorologist / Climate Smart Technician
Jamaica Meteorological Service
g.brown@metservice.gov.jm
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Climate Smart Approaches for Agriculture

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Climate Smart Approaches for Agriculture

  1. 1. Climate Smart Products For Agriculture (The Jamaican context) Glenroy Brown Meteorologist / Climate Technical Officer Jamaica Meteorological Service g.brown@metservice.gov.jm TEL: 1876-929-3700
  2. 2. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector WHY would the Met Service want to develop climate service for the agriculture sector?
  3. 3. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers small islands, like Jamaica, to be some of the most vulnerable to climate change. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  4. 4. This is because climate change will have disproportionately greater impacts on our societies, economies and ecosystems in ways that will increase our vulnerability. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  5. 5. Agriculture in Jamaica is particularly vulnerable to the impulses of climate variability and change, given its open field nature, high number of small holdings and high dependence on rainfall. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  6. 6. In recognition of this, a Working Group on Climate Services for Agriculture in Jamaica was formed in May 2013. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  7. 7. The group is co-chaired by the Meteorological Services and RADA and comprises of other members from the Ministry of Agriculture, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), ACDI VOCA, as well as International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  8. 8. The group has three clearly defined goals: I. Identify priority areas of need for climate services in the agriculture sector; II. Develop tools and services to address the needs identified III.Provide interactive training for key stakeholders in the sector including, feedback mechanisms to assess performance Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  9. 9. 1. We Built awareness of available weather products which include:  Farmers bulletin disseminated to extension officers monthly  Web portals that allow persons to get 5-day weather forecast for specific communities across the island  Text messages indicating severe weather conditions (drought or flash flood alerts)  Training of extension officers (RADA, Banana Board, Coffee Industry Board and researchers from Bodles), as well as post training review Specific successes of the project to date:
  10. 10. 2. Conducted assessment of the usefulness of monthly farmers’ bulletin through: o Focus group discussions held with farmers and extension staff o Stakeholder consultation (RADA, JMS, Commodity Boards, FAO, Bodles Research Unit and CARDI) o ACDI/VOCA in collaboration with RADA and JMS are conducting a series of farmers’ forum to prepare them for possible severe weather systems that could occur in the current and near future. Specific successes of the project to date:
  11. 11. 3. Development of our drought and precipitation monitoring and forecast tools  A forecast for rainfall for three months in advance.  A forecast for possible drought conditions on a station basis three and six months in advance. Specific successes of the project to date:
  12. 12. • Seasonal Rainfall and Temperature Outlook (Climate Predictability Tool) Station Jamaica Below (B) % Normal (N) % Above (A) % Rainfall 35 31 34 Temperature 10 25 65 Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector
  13. 13. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector Seasonal Drought Forecast (SPI)
  14. 14. Developing Climate Service in Jamaica for the Agriculture sector Real time Weather Forecast
  15. 15. Take Away Message CLIMATE SERVICES
  16. 16. Thank You! Glenroy Brown Meteorologist / Climate Smart Technician Jamaica Meteorological Service g.brown@metservice.gov.jm

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