Climate Services for Africa

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Project Description

Through a partnership with the United States Agency for International Development's Africa Bureau, this research will support investment in climate services that support agricultural adaptation in Africa. Such investment and adaptation is critical to securing the food supply under a changing climate. The specific areas of support may include strengthening national meteorological services, improving climate communications methodology and capacity, facilitating the co-production of services, the interpretation of climate projections for policy makers, improving the strategy and evidence base for national climate services investment, improving assessments that inform climate services, and regional capacity and partnership development. The statement of work for this project is still being developed with USAID and there will be more details to come soon.


Through this research, regional, national, and sub-national institutions in the public, private, and NGO sectors will be better connected to the beneficiaries of climate services, such as farmers and food security decision-makers. As a result, these insutitions will be able to create and disseminate equitable, demand-driven climate-informed services. This project will also help shape USAID’s strategy for investing in climate services at the national level by strengthening their capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate climate services for agricultural decision-makers and smallholder farmers in Africa.

Expected Outputs

  • Strengthened national meteorological services.
  • Provide climate communications methodology and capacity.
  • Co-production of climate services.
  • Interpretations of climate projections for policy makers.
  • Improved strategies for national climate services investments.


Presently, the partner on this project is Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), who will co-lead the work with the project leader in developing the project outputs with CCAFS.


Although the statement of work is still being developed with USAID, gender issues will be taken into consideration when examining and developing climate services analyses and indicators.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Project Leader, James Hansen, (IRI),