Scaling climate information services to reach over 100,000 farmers in Colombia

Photo: J. L. Urrea (CCAFS)

Climate variability can have tremendous negative effects on farmers. It is therefore crucial for farmers to properly predict weather so that crop losses can be minimized. That is why CCAFS established Local Technical Agro-Climatic Committees (LTACs). More than 190 institutions in Latin America have now adopted the LTAC approach, which allows for outreach to diverse group of stakeholders in a participatory manner, including scientists, technicians, farmers, and the public and private sectors. Through the committees, discussion is fostered around climatic and agroclimatic information provided to all committee members by researchers and scientists. For example, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) makes available information on productivity factors for specific crops based on soil type and current weather patterns. This kind of information was shown to have increased productivity for about 100,000 farmers.

Formerly, five committees had been active in Latin America. In 2017 these existing five were strengthened while an additional 13 committees were set up. Strengthening the committees included training that benefited around 100 technicians. The training emphasized the inclusion of marginalized groups, including women and youth. Committee set-up and maintenance was made possible through regional South-South exchanges, continuous scientific development, technical-backstopping and support from CCAFS and CIAT. The CGIAR Platform on Big Data for Agriculture (BigData) also supports the committees through information gathering.

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Project partners

CIAT, BigData, FAO, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT), Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales (IDEAM), Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Cereales y Leguminosas (FENALCE), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (CORPOICA), Federación nacional de arroceros (FEDEARROZ), Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda (Guatemala) (CIV), Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural (Colombia) (MADR), Comisión Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería (Honduras) (SAG), Fondo Latinoamericano para Arroz de Riego (FLAR), Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)