South-South exchange for climate smart services – from Senegal to Latin America
In Senegal, a successful climate smart project is providing climate information to 7.4 million rural farmers using community radio and SMS. The project drew interest from the Colombia and Honduras Ministry of Agriculture and growers’ associations, who visited Senegal to learn more. Following these South-South exchanges, in 2016 the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) worked with the Rice Growers’ Association of Colombia and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock in Honduras to design and implement climate service projects.
“In Colombia, we helped establish two regional committees that coordinate between scientists and farmers. They check previous forecasts against data from weather stations and satellites, and visual observations by the local community, and produce bulletins for the farmers. Colombia committed in its Nationally Determined Contributions to scale up the program to reach about 500,000 farmers. In Honduras, we helped establish six similar committees around the country, providing tailored climate information on staple and commercial crops to more than 300,000 farmers.”
Ana Maria Loboguerrero
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security