Pilot Projects on GFCS in West Africa
To address the broad range of climate-related issues that confront many parts of Africa, these studies set out five components to develop the Global Framework for Climate Services:
- Development of a framework of regional and national climate services through 'Early Warning - Early Action workshops'
- Rehabilitation and upgrading of the observation network
- Training and capacity building for the agriculture sector
- Upgrading of the climate data management systems including climate data rescue
- Demonstration projects focused on development and use of customised climate information products e.g. in the health sector.
In particular, it addresses the need to develop national and regional capacity in the participating African countries to deliver climate information and services at national and regional level. The provision of services will bridge the gap between communities of the four priority areas- agriculture, water, disaster risk reduction and health - and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs).
Dust storms are a major source of illness in the Sahel. Early warnings can prevent people from catching diseases such as meningitis.
In the Media
West African countries chart plans to improve climate information for farmers. Farmers across the developing world are in dire need of relevant climate services. Not only do they need climate services to advise them on when to sow, harvest, and expect rains, but also to help them plan beyond the season. In other words, farmers need information to plan for a food secure future.