New Climate Protection for Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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Any farmer will tell you that understanding the weather is essential to farming. In order to strengthen the agriculture sector of Uganda, it is very important for farmers not only to have access to meteorological information, but also to education on how to apply it to their own farms.

The World Meteorological Organization, African Development Bank, and World Bank are attempting to address the potential impact of climate change through a new initiative called ‘Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa’. By improving both the infrastructure and service provider ability to accurately forecast the weather, many sectors of day to day life “including water, agriculture, transport, energy, and public health” will be improved through a reduced negative impact of weather and climate events.

Through a variety of sources of finance, from both the development and climate sides, the project will improve access to global climate data and models for current National Meteorological and Hydrological Services as well as regional centers. This will provide the national centers with improved forecasting and early warning of catastrophic events, as well as information sharing networks.

With better forewarning of dramatic issues like these, farmers will be able to take measures to protect their crops, from covering them in the instance of heavy rain, to looking for non-rain sources of water in the event of a severe drought.

This is just another way that everyone can benefit from technology training. Farmers who are able to take advantage of this new information are more prepared for change in weather, and are therefore also going to be able to produce more healthy crops. These will be even more essential in times of environmental hardship, when there may be more difficulty in meeting demand.

Farmers and anyone else who wishes to have the ability to use technology to learn about weather forecasts (and whatever else they desire) can participate in WOUGNET’s computer training sessions.

For more information on the Disaster Resilience Initiative: https://www.wmo.int/media/sites/default/files/7-15_en.pdf

By

Alaine Boyle,

Kampala, Uganda