Climate information services (CIS) systems can play a critical role in providing farmers the information necessary to improve their productivity, reduce their risks, or enhance their resilience to climate shocks and stresses. Unfortunately, many CIS strategies fail to create feedback mechanisms or take participatory approaches that include farmers' perspectives. This can lead to the development and provision of CIS that is inappropriately contextualized, inaccessible, or not useful for farmers.
The Participatory Climate Information Services Systems Development Methodology takes a holistic view to improve the overall effectiveness of a CIS system. It uses a participatory systems mapping approach that brings together key CIS stakeholders from across the value chain, creates space for empowerment and more robust feedback from farmers, and facilitates consensus-building for action.