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Climate services to support farmer decision-making under a changing climate

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Ideas Marketplace presentation from the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Presented at Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 in Doha Qatar, 3 December 2012. http://www.agricultureday.org

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Climate services to support farmer decision-making under a changing climate

  1. 1. Climate Services to Support Farmer1 • 3/21/11Decision-Making Under a ChangingClimate Knowledge Capture and Transfer Successful initiatives in Africa and South Asia demonstrate benefits of delivering seasonal and shorter-term information at the village scale. CCAFS is supporting studies of these initiatives to capture and transfer good practice, including: 1. Dialogue between climate and agricultural experts: In Mali this enabled meteorological service staff, agricultural researchers and others to create a weather-based advisory system usable by farmers. Cell phones are a common way to access agro-met information in many parts of India. Credit: F. Fiondella 2. Partnerships with boundary organizations: Networks of civil society organizations served as trusted brokers ofThe Challenge climate information for farmers in remote areas.Challenges of providing farmers with decision- 3. Focus on equity: A concerted effort to reachrelevant climate information services include women and other underserved groups ensuresgaps in: that all can benefit from climate services.•  Knowledge of farmer needs, and farmer input into design of services•  Information delivery infrastructure•  Information timing, content, scale, format•  Equitable access to communication technologies•  Farmers’ understanding and trust•  Data coverage or appropriateness A woman fielding calls from farmers in Andhra Pradesh, part of agro-met advisory services by the state agriculture university. Credit: F. Fiondella Climate Services at Scale: Mission Possible CCAFS case studies show that it is possible to reach millions of farmers with climate services that support decision-making under a changing climate. The approaches can be scaled up to enable many other farmers to benefit from Farmer in Ouelessebougou village, a beneficiary of Mali’s climate information and advisories. The time is 30 year old agro-met advisory program. Credit: A. Tall right for climate services. For more information, contact: Arame Tall, a.tall@cgiar.org

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