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 encompasses two related efforts featured below that seek 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 livelihood. This learning agenda brings 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. Sign up for our quarterly updates on Climate Information Services.

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

Francesco Fiondella for CGIAR| Niger May 2012
Francesco Fiondella


Climate Information Services Research Initiative
“Climate Information Services Research Initiative” focuses 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 improve livelihood outcomes in a changing climate. The Initiative will develop methods that effectively evaluate these impacts.
Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services
“Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa” seeks 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 will also consolidate and extend knowledge on existing climate information services in the region.
Joint Knowledge Management & Outreach
Core to the learning agenda are knowledge management and the sharing of synthesized learning across those funding, designing, and delivering climate information services.
Learning Agenda Knowledge Products
Resources will be posted and curated as the learning agenda develops knowledge to share.
USAID Implementers:

Mercy Corps

Kristin Lambert
CISRI Program Manager
klambert [at] mercycorps [dot] org

Winrock International

Robert O'Sullivan
Sustainable CIS Program Manager
Robert.OSullivan [at] winrock [dot] org