Mid-Level Assessment: Climate Forecasting in Kazakhstan
By Glen Anderson and Yoon Kim
This report is an assessment of the first year of a project in Kazakhstan to help its wheat sector respond to climate variability and change.
The Climate Resilient Wheat project is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme with support from the USAID-funded Climate Change Resilient Development Project.
The project aims to improve Kazakhstan’s weather and climate services. It is doing so by finding ways to strengthen the capacity of the Kazakhstan National Hydrometeorological Service (Kazhydromet) and the National Space Institute to develop and disseminate forecasting products for spring planting in the northern part of the country.
These are important sources of information for farmers as they make annual decisions on the crop calendar. The focus is on products that help farmers decide when to plant spring wheat in particular and on the selection of wheat varieties and/or alternative crops such as other cereals, oilseeds and legumes.
The report details ways that the Climate Resilient Wheat project aims to enhance drought analysis and help analyze data on soil moisture. It also outlines ways that it plans to help the Kazhydromet and the National Space Institute improve weather and climate forecasts and yield projections.
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