The analogues approach is a novel way of supporting modeled policy recommendations with on-the-ground empirical testing. Analogues refer to sites or years that experience conditions with statistical, mathematical similarity, primarily in terms of climate, but they can also include additional factors such as soils, crops, and socioeconomic characteristics. Using a CCAFS tool that aggregates these factors, users can identify analogous locations in user-selected year(s), and in this way complement otherwise top-down global models with targeted field trials or visits. Information on the analogue sites, gathered from local field studies or trial site data, can then be used and compared to inform further studies or to identify high-potential adaptation pathways.
The CCAFS “Farms of the Future” project will use the climate analogue tool to connect farmers to their possible climate futures via farm visits. This novel approach of farmer-to-farmer exchanges between spatial analogues will integrate participatory learning principles, in order to promote knowledge sharing between producer communities. A key output is hence the creation of a new network of innovative farmers. The approach will also permit the participatory diagnosis of capacities and needs, thus aiding in the design of community-appropriate adaptation strategies. Lastly, it will improve understanding of local practices and available tools for enabling change. Once refined, the methodology will be global enough to implement anywhere, giving scientists the ability to validate computational models with analogue proxies and to ground mathematical projections with qualitative, real world assessments.
1. Test and validate a method to identify analogue sites (sites which give insights into the future climatic conditions) through case studies;
2. Devise, test and validate an approach for farmer-to-farmer exchanges to analogue sites.
3. Devise adaptation strategies for farming communities, involving local leaders, private sector actors and the service sector.
The project will consist of three major phases:
Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading, UK to validate methodology and South Asia partner (TBD).
Sept-Dec 2011: Application of analogues tool and farmer exchange method.
2012: Synthesis of findings
CCAFS Coordinating Unit - University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Rolighedsvej 21, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark, phone +45 35331046; Email ccafs [at] cgiar [dot] org, EAN 5790000279012
Lead Center - International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)