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Agricultural Meteorology Projects

The Agricultural Meteorology Programme implements, manages, and assists partner institutions in projects based on donor funding.

 

Caribbean Agrometeorological Initiative

The Caribbean Agro-meteorological Initiative (CAMI) is funded by the European Community through the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Science and Technology Programme.

This project assists the farming community in the Caribbean region by:

    • Providing information on predictors of the rainy season potential
    • Developing effective pest and disease forecasting systems
    • Preparing and distributing a user-friendly weather and climate information newsletter
    • Organizing regular forums to promote understanding of the applications of weather and climate information and to obtain feedback

The project is coordinated by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology. WMO is a member of the CAMI Steering Committee and has participated in related meetings since February 2010.

Partners in the CAMI Project are:

    • National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago
    • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
    • Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
    • Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).

 

 

METAGRI project (Roving Seminars on Weather, Climate, Farmers in West Africa)

The State Agency for Meteorology in Spain (AEMET) and WMO have developed the METAGRI Project to provide Roving Seminars on Weather, Climate and Farmers for countries in West Africa. The METGARI project is part of AEMET's AFRIMET project.

More information on the METGARI project

 

Rockefeller Foundation Grant for the Training of Trainers on Weather and Climate Information and Products for Agricultural Extension Services in Ethiopia

The aim of this project was to familiarize Agricultural Extension Workers with using weather and climate information and applications in operational farm management.

Seminars were held bringing together the Agricultural Extension Workers with local farmers to give the Extension Officers hands-on experience in transferring weather and climate information to the community.  The Agricultural Extension Workers also gained feedback from the farming community on specific issues they need assistance with in relation to weather and climate.

The agreement was signed in 2009, and a detailed work plan for the project was developed in Ethiopia in March 2010. The first training of trainers session was held in Addis Ababa in April 2011.  15 roving seminars were then held in various districts of Ethiopia in September and October 2011.

Activities involved two days of “Training of Trainers”, with further training given to Agricultural Extension Experts from various regions of Ethiopia.  Training exercises were also conducted in eight different regions during February 2013 for regional Bureau of Agriculture staff. 

In the second phase, at district level, additional training was given to Agricultural Extension Experts from continuing districts and also from those being brought into the program for the first time. The training exercises were conducted in each of the 14 more districts during March 2013 for Bureau of Agriculture District staff. These included Agricultural Extension Experts, Subject Matter Specialists and Agricultural Development Agents as well as selected farmers.

Finally, fourteen Roving Seminars were held in May-July 2013 in different agro-climatic regions with a total of 900 farmers participating.

Farmers were also polled to ascertain their views on the value of this type of engagement process.   The project was closed after the summer 2013 by an evaluation provided by an external independent consultant.

 

World Bank / Lake Victoria Project

The World Bank has funded a three year project entitled “Towards A Regional Framework For Weather And Climate Services For Food Aid, Food Security, Maritime Transport Safety Contributing To Disaster Risk Reduction In Lake Victoria Region.”

The project is being coordinated by several WMO departments.  Project activities include:

    • Addressing under-investments in weather and climate monitoring systems and weak capacity in hydromet services
    • Helping countries develop forecasting capabilities to produce accurate and timely information
    • Improving systems for the dissemination of tailored information to end users. 

The overall objectives of the project are to:

    • Develop the conceptual framework for effective climate and weather services in the Lake Victoria region
    • Build capacity for the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in the countries in the Lake Victoria region
    • Develop and enhance applications to improve delivery of products and services with a focus on:
      • agricultural food security including food aid
      • safety of fishing and transport in the Lake Victoria region

 

Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project

The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) was developed under the guidance of the WMO Commission for Basic Systems. The SWFDP is an excellent way to apply the cascading approach for forecasting severe weather in three levels, as follows:

    • Global Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) centres provide available products, including probabilities
    • Regional centres interpret global NWP products to create limited-area models, further refining products, and then liaise with the participating National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs)
    • NMHSs issue alerts, advisories and severe weather warnings, liaise with Disaster Management and Civil Protection Authorities (DMCPAs) and the media, and further contribute to the evaluation of the project

 

In East Africa, a SWFDP was established with the following objectives:

    • To establish the technical operating infrastructure of the demonstration project incorporating the cascading forecasting process so as to improve the lead time and accuracy of forecasts for extreme weather
    • To develop and enhance dissemination systems to improve delivery of information to the general public, DMCPAs and media with a particular focus on:
      • agricultural activities, food security and food aid
      • safety of fishing and transport vessels on the Lake Victoria and over the coastal areas of western Indian Ocean
    • To improve communication of warnings and forecasts for all users with a particular focus on measuring progress in the uptake and use of the information provided through the project at the community level

 

 

Mobile Weather Alert (MWA): Tanzania

WMO and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) entered into an agreement in March 2013 to implement the project entitled “Mobile Weather Alert (MWA): Weather and Climate Services for risk reduction in Fishing and Farming Communities in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria Basin.”

The project is being implemented in Sengerema District, which is located on the southern coast of Lake Victoria, about 60 km west of Mwanza City (the second most populous city in Tanzania).  Project objectives are to improve the awareness, access and use of weather and climate risks at the community level and to establish and institutionalize mechanisms to enhance interactions between TMA, district authorities, farmers, fishers and lake transport operators.

The Mobile Weather Alert project will also test the integration of community radio (RANET) and the school system with mobile technology into the weather and climate information communication strategy to rural communities.

The project was launched successfully with the engagement from high-level officials from the Ministry of Transport, TMA and the Sengerema District Office.  The official launch of the project in July 2013 was followed by the activities including a training workshop for model farmers, fishers, agricultural extension workers, lake transporters, and school teachers. The project will continue into 2014.

 

Uganda: Fisheries and Farming

ANADIA-MALI project

The ANADIA-MALI (Assessment of Natural Disasters in Agriculture) project is funded by Italian Development Cooperation. The objective of the project is to develop pilot projects on assessing the impact of floods and drought on agriculture.

A Drought Monitoring Training Workshop was organized by WMO and the National Meteorological Service of Mali in Bamako, Mali in September 2009. The workshop had a total of 27 participants, with 22 participants from Mali, and four lecturers from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The participants from Mali included representatives of the Multi-disciplinary Working Group (GTP in French) in Mali: the National Meteorological Service (DMN), Ministry of Agriculture (DNA), National Hydrological Service (DNH), and the Institute of Agricultural Research (IER).

 

 





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