Demand-driven climate information for agricultural planning and decision-making
The process started by scaling down of the products from WMO Global Climate Producing Centres (GPCs) by ICPAC, and its Member States’ NMHSs at RCOF, to derive regional climate outlooks. These were further downscaled by the Kenyan Meteorological Service (KMS) to obtain national and local (sub-national) seasonal climate outlook products. The downscaled local seasonal climate outlooks were then tabled for discussion at location forums to derive location-specific agro-climate analysis, with input not only from the local communities, but also experts from local universities, local government advisers from various sectors; local NGOs/ CBOs, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and farmer group representatives. The project’s key lessons and experiences from the four vulnerable communities in Kenya are briefly highlighted here. The four pilot study locations included Oloitokitok, Reru, Nganyi and Nyahera.