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WMO - CNR-IBIMET: Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Systems in Africa. 9-13 June 201

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to build capacities for the analysis of climate change impacts on crop production, with a special focus on North and West Africa agricultural systems.

Climatic variability and climate change are hampering all developing countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in Africa which is highly vulnerable to climate variability and climate change on account of its large rural population that remains highly dependent on rain-fed agriculture for food and its natural resource-based economy.

According with the Global Framework for Climate Services, the course addresses the need to develop mechanisms for delivery of climate services for the agricultural community and for enabling adaptation strategies at various levels and identifying research and transfer demand by end users. In order to provide operational information and skill in the area of agricultural operational policies, climate services, research and transfer to identify appropriate actions, the module will concentrate on 2020-2030 climate prediction scenarios.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Through the course, participants will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on current approaches to :

  • assess climate change trends on the short and long term;
  • evaluate changes and trends in crop production systems;
  • assess vulnerability and risks to climate change and to extreme hydrometeorological events;
  • evaluate and model climate change impacts on food production systems;
  • adopt agro-meteorological and agricultural strategies for food production systems adaptation.

Course Content

  • Existing climate data sets: availability, differences and limitations for climate analysis on crop productivity,
  • Sensitivity of specific crop phases to climate variability and extremes,
  • Methodologies and tools for climatic analysis in relation to specific crops’ phases,
  • Integrating observed climate trends and climate projections for the short-term evaluation of climate change impacts on crop systems.

Course Program

Course Format

Lecture, group discussion, individual presentation, case studies

Instructor names and qualifications

Trainers from IBIMET-CNR:

  • Maurizio Bacci
  • Massimiliano Pasqui
  • Marina Baldi
  • Ramona Magno
  • Vieri Tarchiani, course coordinator

Trainer from the University of Florence, Agricultural Sciences Faculty

Trainers from the University of Sassari

  • Pier Paolo Roggero

Trainer from the University of Tuscia

  • Gabriele Dono

Trainer from the Institute of Senegal for Agricultural Research (ISRA)

  • Mbaye Diop

Videos: interviews to participants