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Overview of the Agricultural Meteorology Programme

Purpose and scope

The Agricultural Meteorology Programme (AGMP) supports food and agricultural production and activities. The Programme assists Members in the provision of meteorological and related services in order to:

    • Develop sustainable and economically viable agricultural systems
    • Improve agricultural production and quality
    • Reduce loss and risk
    • Decrease costs
    • Increase efficiency in the use of water, labour and energy
    • Conserve natural resources
    • Decrease pollution by agricultural chemicals or other agents

Climate information is generally used for planning purposes, while weather data and forecasts are used for agricultural operations.

 

Objectives

The primary long-term objectives of the Agricultural Meteorology Programme are:

(i) To promote economically viable and high quality production so that it can be sustainable and environment-friendly by strengthening Members' indigenous capabilities to provide relevant meteorological services to agricultural and other related sectors;

(ii) To foster a better understanding by farmers and other end-users in the agricultural, forestry and related sectors of the value and use of meteorological (including climatological) information in planning and operational activities.

 

Organization

The Agricultural Meteorology Programme coordinates the activities of WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM).   Based on its terms of reference, CAgM provides scientific input for AgMP, which then provides administrative and technical support to projects funded by donors.

 

 

 





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