Addressing Gaps in Climate Services for Agriculture: The AgMetGaps Project
When a farmer makes decisions about what to plant, when to plant and how to care for her crop, her observations regarding weather and climate from the past year are not necessarily a good indication of what is likely to happen this year. Climate services such as seasonal climate forecasts connected to crop simulation models or other types of decision support approaches (e.g. participatory roundtables) adapted to the farmer's specific context have the potential to facilitate decision-making in communities confronting increasing climate variability and climate change.
While climate services have the potential to support agricultural decision-making, their effectiveness and suitability can vary substantially from one site to another. Given limited resources and a multitude of potential investment priorities, it is extremely important to approach investment in climate services in a systematic way that is both demand driven and has high potential for success.
As part of the monthly USAID Adaptation Community Meetings, join USAID adaptation advisor Kevin Coffey and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) senior scientist Steven Prager to hear about USAID's investments and strategies for climate services, specifically the work of AgMetGaps project. The project, funded by USAID and led by CIAT, has developed a systematic approach for prioritizing, designing, and implementing demand-driven climate services for the agriculture sector. This innovative approach brings service design thinking and constant feedback loops to the climate services context.