Learning Agenda for Climate Services in Sub-Saharan Africa

Providing decision-makers with timely, accurate information on climate and weather variations helps inform decisions that enhance agriculture production and mitigate or avoid harvest loss. This improves food security, lifts agriculture incomes, and increases farmers’ resilience to future shocks. While innovative approaches to generating and communicating climate information show promise, evidence gaps exist in understanding their effectiveness.

The Learning Agenda on Climate Services in Sub-Saharan Africa encompassed two related efforts featured below that sought to generate and analyze new information, evidence, and learning on the effective and sustainable production, delivery, and use of climate information to improve decision-making and outcomes for rural agricultural livelihoods. This learning agenda brought together a wide range of partners to examine climate information systems from the production of national level information, to the use of tailored products by farmers and others in the agriculture sector.

Banner photo credit: Sean Sheridan, Mercy Corps/Niger, September 2016


Climate Information Services Research Initiative

“Climate Information Services Research Initiative” focused on the end users of climate information to build a knowledge base of factors impacting the uptake and use of climate services in ways that improved livelihood outcomes in a changing climate. The Initiative developed methods that effectively evaluate those impacts.

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Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services

“Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa” sought to understand the institutional, financial, and technical dimensions of sustainably delivering such services and will develop climate services delivery models and options for sub-Saharan Africa. The project also consolidated and extended knowledge on existing climate information services in the region. 

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