Department of Geography

Lost in translation?

How can we make climate predictions useful to farmers in Africa

In many parts of the world, especially the topics, it is possible to make predictions of climate a few months in advance. These seasonal climate predictions can help the public and relevant agencies prepare for the negative impacts of weather and climate events like floods and droughts. However, there has been very limited uptake of seasonal climate forecasts over much of Africa. A case in point being the 2011 drought in the horn of Africa which, despite being predicted in the middle of 2010, still resulted in a humanitarian disaster. Research at Sussex has sought to understand the some of reasons why climate information is not widely used. By bringing climate scientists together with potential users of this information in Kenya and Senegal the work has  developed a number of innovative approaches to improve the uptake of climate information to help inform both short and long-term decision making.

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