Developing a Methodology to Evaluate Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia Workshop Report
By Arame Tall and Joyce-Lynn Njinga
This report summarizes a workshop held in Senegal in 2013 aimed at developing a protocol for monitoring and evaluating the value of climate information and advisory services for farmers in a way that reflects gender considerations.
The protocol would guide baseline data collection, identify the function, benefits and beneficiaries of climate services, and measure the added-value of climate services for farmers.
The workshop supported the aims of the USAID-supported CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). It included visits to two villages where farmers had been receiving climate services through a CCAFS-funded project. Experts
agreed that more understanding of farmers’ decision-making was needed before an evaluation framework could be developed.
Participants created a list of indicators for assessing climate services and outcomes they hoped to see. These included changes in skills, knowledge and practices. They agreed to hone the methodology and test it in different parts of Kaffrine, where the site visits were conducted.
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