Climate Change

WACC, FAO partner to help farmers & communities address climate change

WACC Global is proud to announce its new initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help build the capacity of communities at the grassroots level – particularly family farmers’ associations –  in using local and traditional knowledge for sustainable resource management and climate change mitigation. WACC and FAO will jointly support three (3) year-long projects starting in the first quarter of 2020: one in Kenya in partnership with

Towards addressing the plight of rural communities in accessing water abstraction permits for productive uses

Rural communities are faced with numerous challenges related to access to water for potable and productive uses. Rural residents, especially young women and girls, spend quite a significant amount of their productive time looking for water. In some cases, rural communities collect potable water from unprotected and unsafe sources. The situation has been exacerbated by the high frequencies and magnitudes of agricultural droughts in Zimbabwe which are on the increase.

Communication strategies for effective climate services

The publication is based on the lessons of the “Meteo Media Days” organized in 15 countries in West Africa and Chad between 2012 and 2016. The activity was an element of communication strategies of METAGRI and the Global Forum for Climate Services GFCS, two programs implemented by the World Meteorological Organization. Acknowledging that communication specialists and meteorologists have a different perception of the adequate way to convey useful messages to

CCAFS Working Paper: Interactive radio’s promising role in climate information services

Farmers require relevant, timely and continuous information and advice regarding historic climate variability, probabilistic seasonal forecasts, and monitoring and short-lead information about growing season weather. This information can help them to make informed decisions about their farming practices and enable decision-makers to understand and act on the information (Tall et al., 2014). These services are especially important for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, where up to 95% of crop production is

Collaborative Change: A communication framework for climate change adaptation and food security

Nowadays, compelling issues such as climate change and food security require primarily multidisciplinary approaches and multistakeholder action in the process of social learning for adaptive livelihoods. This implies an increasing demand for information, knowledge and participation that puts the need for planned communication activities at the centre of development initiatives. Within this framework, it is essential to support rural knowledge institutions and national programmes for climate change and food security

CCAFS Working Paper: Delivering climate services for farmers and pastoralists through interactive radio

CCAFS-led activities in the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa include: training agricultural extension staff and other intermediaries to communicate climate services with farming communities; implement research-based assessment of needs, and monitoring and evaluation of improvements in the access and use of climate services by rural communities (farmers, pastoralists), and design scalable mechanisms to communicate climate information through interactive radio and ICT platforms. This working paper presents a summary of findings

Climate Services for Smallholder Farmers in Senegal

Climate change and variability is overwhelming local knowledge and traditions for farm management across Africa. Kaffrine, Senegal’s main agricultural region, has not been spared the scourge­. In the past, Kaffrine farmers recognized the approach of new seasons by the changes in wind direction. The unusual appearance of snakes and frogs or heavy rains preceded by strong wind and dark clouds from a particular direction was an indication of a coming