Participatory Climate Information Services Systems Mapping in Senegal
Within its Learning Agenda on Climate Information Services in Sub-Saharan Africa, USAID has funded the Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI). Through four Work Streams, CISRI aims to understand the factors influencing climate information access and use to help farmers improve their livelihoods in a context of climate variability and change. This Work Stream piloted a participatory climate information services (CIS) mapping methodology in Niger and Senegal that includes five iterative stages: 1) framing the system; 2) preliminary CIS mapping; 3) empowerment; 4) participatory mapping of CIS actors, external environment and support services; and, 5) learning, impact and feedback. This report summarizes the pilot in Senegal, which took place after the first pilot in Niger, and was led by CRS and Practical Action.
Following interviews, a literature review, and preliminary mapping, participatory CIS mapping was undertaken in five villages involving 100 farmers and their respective communes. Participatory mapping workshops were also held at the commune, regional, and national levels. These workshops allowed farmers to identify constraints and opportunities and express their CIS needs.
This report synthesizes the results of the participatory CIS mapping methodology undertaken in Senegal, outlines lessons learned, and proposes recommendations for improving the pilot for wider use throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.