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CCAFS Workshop Considers Challenges of Scaling Up Provision of Climate Services

March 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a workshop report documenting the challenge of effectively producing, communicating and delivering agrometeorological information to vulnerable farming communities.

The workshop on "Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia" took place in Saly, Senegal, from 10-12 December 2012, bringing together over 100 experts from 30 countries and approximately 50 institutions. The workshop examined experiences from Mali and India, and considered issues around five challenges confronting the use of information related to: salience; access; legitimacy; equity and integration. Each of these five challenges included case study examples from countries in Africa and South Asia.

Workshop participants also addressed specific challenges related to regional gaps. In terms of actions, the group identified priorities on: the development of inter-regional capacity building efforts; the co-production of climate smart services; and group communication. The workshop also screened the film: "Voices from the Field: Benefits and Potential of Climate Information for Smallholder Farmers in Mali and India."

The workshop was supported by: CCAFS; the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); the US Agency for International Development (USAID); Engility Corporation; and the Climate Services Partnership (CSP). [CCAFS Workshop Report] [CCAFS/IRI Workshop Update] [Voices from the Field: Benefits and Potential of Climate Information for Smallholder Farmers in Mali and India]