October 9-11, 2023

About Workshop

The agricultural sector is of utmost importance to the subsistence of the majority of population. Its sensitivity to weather and climatic changes urges for well-thought-out agricultural policies and adaptation measures.

Agriculture is strongly dependent on weather, hence very vulnerable to weather variability and climatic changes. Climate change is expected to increase weather variability and enhance the vulnerability of already exposed regions, including those that are already warm and prone to drought. Rainfall patterns may shift leading to associated crop calendars and the timing of management activities.

Countries have expressed their requirements for customized climate information services to meet their needs for managing climate risks. Governments require climate change projections to better mainstream climate change impacts reduction interventions in agricultural policies and practices. They need to come up with notes,
briefs, and reports on national agricultural policy, with action plans and perspectives for a smart agriculture sector.

Currently, users in many LDC countries almost exclusively employ historical climate information based on meteorological station data, which are generally obtained from local sources. Unfortunately, these data are often highly scattered, irregular and fragmented, with a sparse geographic coverage, lacking coherence (e.g., in units,
formats, time increments) and quality control. It is hard for stakeholders to find their way through the data that are available for their area of interest. When historical climate data is available, this information is often incomplete or not adequate for use. Also, data continuity for the coming years are not always ensured.

In Africa where many people depend on smallholder farming for daily subsistence and food security tailored information about the past, present and future climate is very important. To assess the impact of climate change and design adaptation strategies in sectors like agriculture, climate information should be region-specific, reliable and easily accessible.
CLIMTAG, the CLimate InforMation Tool for AGriculture, aims to provide decision makers in the agricultural sector with operational climate information, for example about the start of the rainy season or the duration of a drought period. The web based tool operates at country level and visualizes past, present and future actionable climate information, allowing its users to assess the severity of upcoming climatic changes, design robust national adaptation measures (which can form part of National
Adaptation Plans and updates), or support applications for international climate finance.CLIMTAG uses temperature, precipitation and a variety of other climate data from past climate reconstruction (‘ERA5 reanalysis’) and future climate projections (‘CMIP5 projections’), delivered via the Copernicus Climate Data Store (CDS), to calculate operational agro-climatic indicators. These indicators have been defined in cooperation with local stakeholders (including experts active within National Meteorological Services, Departments of Agriculture and Research Centers). The CMIP5 climate projections are
bias-corrected to strengthen their consistency with the past observed climate. Based on orthographic information, the indicators are downscaled to a resolution of one kilometer to ensure practical applicability in the field.

Training Objectives :

The objective of the workshop is to bring together climate service providers and agriculture sector users to:

– Discuss climate information currently available and its use by the local agriculture sector;
– Identify, explore and discuss agriculture relevant climate data in the Copernicus Climate Change data store;
– Review actionable climate indices for the agriculture sector and their generation with the CLIMTAG tool;
– Run practical sessions on indices generation and use for local adaptation planning and action with local NGOs and Meteorological Services as collaborating stakeholders for service provision and delivery;
– Share experiences on case studies;
– Present the Africa Drought Observatory System and its products prototype;
– Discuss way forward on upscaling phase of the CLIMTAG tool in Africa’;
– Collect the Expression of Interest Letters for the upscaling phase.

Expected Training Outcomes:

The outputs of the workshop will include:
– A report on input data and methods of the CLIMTAG tool, and sample actionable indicators for the agriculture sector resilience and adaptation to climate change;
– Example of agriculture calendar updated with CLIMTAG output;
– Expression of Interest letters Collected’;
– Africa Drought Observatory System presented.

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Time (GMT+1) Activity Responsability
Day 1, October 09, 2023
SESSION 1: Registration and Opening Session
08:00 – 09:20 Registration DCCMS
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks Director,DCCMS
09:45 – 10:00 Remarks by AUC Dr. Jolly WASSAMB0
10:00 – 10:15 Remarks by ACMAD DG ACMAD
10:15-10:30 Official Opening Remarks by the Guest of honor PS Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change
Group Photo Director of Programs
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:05 Presentation of the agenda the program for the training Director of Programs
11:05 – 11:20 Purpose and objectives of the training/ KLIMPALA Project ACMAD(ACMAD Godefroy Presentation CLIMTAG_MALAWI)
11:20 – 12:30 CLIMTAG overview:
  • Rationale/purpose, Features overview, Demo of dashboard with agro-climate indicators and seasonal forecasts
VITO(VITO_CLIMTAG general overview)
12:30 – 13:00 Plenary ACMAD/VITO
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
SESSION 2: CLIMTAG interactive session and methodologies (part 1)
11:20 – 12:30
  • Interactive session with the dashboard CLIMTAG
  • Behind the scenes CLIMTAG part 1: methods agro-climate indicators
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
SESSION 3: Agricultural calendars
16:30 – 17:30
  • Summary on the agriculture calendars per country or climate region in Africa
Agri Fed of Farmers :
EAFF(Eatern Africa Rainfall calendar),ROPPA (Seasonal Calendar CNCR_ROPPA_Senegal), SACAU, PROPAC, Malawi (FARMING CALENDAR-MALAWI)
Day 2 : 10 October 2023
09:00 – 10:00 Summary on the agriculture calendars per country or climate Agri Fed of Farmers (ROPPA, SACAU, AEFF, PROPAC)
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
SESSION 2: CLIMTAG interactive session and methodologies (part 2)
10:30 – 13:00
  • Demo cases with CLIMTAG
  • Hands-on exercises CLIMTAG part 1: application agro-climate indicators
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 17:00
  • behind the scenes CLIMTAG part 2: methods crop suitability indicators
ACMAD, VITO (Crop suitability index_Devop CLIMTAG_VITO)
17:00 – 17:15 Break
Day 3: 11 October 2023
SESSION 3: CLIMTAG User feedback session
09:00 – 11:00 Practical on actionable indices generation and use for adaptation option selection Discussions and way forward/prospects Survey ACMAD, ICPAC (REACHING THE LAST MILE USER_ICPAC), AUC, VITO(CLIMTAG_Validation),OVO, KENTER ONG locale NMHS
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00 Presentation of the Drought Observatory System and product prototype ACMAD (Presentation of the Drought Observatory System ; Drought Monitoring system_Collins)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:30 Conclusions.
Feedback/Recommendations and Closing