Systems Analysis of Climate Information Services

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This work focuses on Niger and Senegal.

Issue

There is currently a lack of agreed upon methodologies for understanding the climate information services needs of smallholder farmers, the complex socio-ecological environments in which they operate, and the ways these factors influence climate information services  access, use and benefits.   Without such systemic analyses, climate information services programs often fail to address contextual challenges and needs of their users; ultimately lessening the potential benefits of climate information services for livelihood decisions and wellbeing outcomes.  

How will CISRI solve this issue?

CISRI will investigate existing climate information services systems by developing and piloting new participatory systems mapping and analysis techniques with a focus on identifying inefficiencies and breakdowns within the broader agricultural information and market systems. Through this process, CISRI will identify key stakeholders, institutions, networks and information users; the information flows between them; the enabling environment in which the climate information services operates; and service providers that support its functions.

These findings will serve as the foundation for generating good practices and lessons learned for improving future investments and interventions.  

This work advances approaches to:

  • Understanding users’ needs (accounting for farmers’ gender, age, socio-economic and cultural context, location) and give them an effective voice in the services they receive

  • Map the climate information services system and institutional webs and networks, from local to national and regional, and define the necessary institutional relationships for effective co-production and delivery of climate information services that meet identified user needs

  • Assess key bottlenecks and intervention points within the overall system, including where and how technology is inhibiting the analysis, communication, uptake and use of such information.

Two final analysis workshops, to be held in Niger and Senegal, will bring together farmers and national stakeholders to discuss what was learned in the participatory systems mapping workshops and to strategize ways to improve the effectiveness of their climate information services systems to better meet farmers’ needs.

What will the impact be?

The analysis will produce information at four levels.

  1. It will advance empirical knowledge of the factors that influence uptake and use of climate information services (e.g., what factors foster or limit access, what approaches show promise for enhancing effectiveness, degree of confidence in this knowledge) in the context of the broader agricultural information and market system in which it operates.

  2. It will identify key intervention points to enhance the uptake, use and impacts of climate information services within the broader context. In addressing these two points, the activity will provide guidance on climate information services design and implementation.

  3. It will provide lessons and guidance on effective methods and processes for climate information services analysis, assessing needs, gaps and intervention points. This third level of analysis will result in the development of processes and tools that will help implementing and funding organizations design more effective climate information services.

  4. It will develop a new methodology, with associated tools and guidance, for stakeholders to conduct their own participatory systems mapping of climate information services to better understand how their system operates and to identify areas of improvement.