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The Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) seeks to generate knowledge and evidence to inform the development of climate information services that effectively meet African farmers’ decision-making needs in a variable and changing climate. Valuable research exists on the impact of climate fluctuations on farmers and the types of climate-related information farmers need for decision-making. However, a thorough understanding of how climate information services can best contribute to farmers’ livelihoods and the factors that determine effectiveness remains inadequate. Thus far, research has failed to inform the design and delivery of climate information services investments in sub-Saharan Africa adequately. Addressing these gaps requires better understanding of the context in which information services operate, documenting how, why and under what circumstances farmers access and use climate information services, and testing which approaches are most effective. Findings will reveal opportunities to update climate information services programs in ways that better protect and advance the livelihoods of farmers. Guiding questions in CISRI’s efforts to improve climate information services What does existing research reveal about factors influencing farmers’ access and use of climate information services, and the circumstances under which climate information services benefit livelihood outcomes? What are the range of challenges farmers face in accessing and using climate information services in different socio-economic contexts? Are the interventions currently in use to overcome these challenges effective? What are the best methodologies for evaluating the impact of climate information services? How can learning and evidence be incorporated into processes for improving the design, implementation and evaluation of climate information services efforts in the future? CISRI will address these questions through four components: 1) synthesizing the existing evidence, 2) conducting systems analysis of climate information services, 3) piloting evaluation approaches in selected climate information services in Rwanda and Senegal, and 4) supporting the uptake and application of learning from the project.
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Aug 2, 2021
Chiputwa, Brian; Wainaina, Priscilla; Nakelse, Tebila; Makui, Parmutia; Zougmoré, Robert; Ndiaye, Ousmane; Minang, Peter, 2021, "Replication Data for: Transforming climate science into usable services: The effectiveness of co-production in promoting uptake of climate information by smallholder farmers in Senegal",, World Agroforestry - Research Data Repository, V1, UNF:6:q9HPu4S77ND3/NtEI/2wPw== [fileUNF]
Does the provision of weather and climate information services (WCIS) enhance farmer’s use of forecasts in informing farm decisions? This paper assesses the effectiveness of the Multi-disciplinary Working Group (MWG) – a WCIS co-production initiative in Senegal in influencing far...
Aug 2, 2021
Chiputwa, Brian; Wainaina, Priscilla; Makui, Parmutia; Nakelse, Tebila; Zougmoré, Robert; Ndiaye, Ousmane, 2021, "Replication Data for: Evaluating the Impact of the Multidisciplinary Working Group Model on Farmers’ Use of Climate Information Services in Senegal",, World Agroforestry - Research Data Repository, V1, UNF:6:q9HPu4S77ND3/NtEI/2wPw== [fileUNF]
Climate variability and change have been identified as major threats to important sectors that drive economic growth and sustainable development in Africa. The provision of tailor-made climate information services is increasingly gaining importance. It has been widely touted as a...
Aug 2, 2021
Chiputwa, Brian; Makui, Parmutia, 2021, "Climate Information Services Research Initiative (CISRI) Evaluation in Senegal: Baseline Survey data",, World Agroforestry - Research Data Repository, V1, UNF:6:PIdmIw++wM/Md71paB6xuw== [fileUNF]
Data from baseline survey in Senegal
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