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WMO - CNR-IBIMET RTC Region VI Training Course

World Meteorological Organization - RTC Region VI Training Course. Climate change impacts on agricultural systems in Africa, 9-13 June 2014. Area di Ricerca CNR, via Madonna del Piano, 10- 50019 - Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) - ITALY


WMO RTC Region VI Training Course

Climate change impacts on agricultural systems in Africa

9-13 June 2014

Area di Ricerca CNR

via Madonna del Piano, 10- 50019 - Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) - ITALY


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.

Target Audience

The course is addressed to agro-meteorological services technicians, climatologists, agro-meteorologists and agricultural and climate researchers, by creating an environment where agriculture and climate actors could share a common view and develop a common language.

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 - Draft

Course Format

Lecture, group discussion, individual presentation, case studies


An internal assessment will be performed using a double self evaluation approach: from Trainees and from trainers.

Instructor names and qualifications

Trainers from IBIMET-CNR:

  • Maurizio Bacci

  • Massimiliano Pasqui, PhD

  • Marina Baldi

  • Ramona Magno

  • Piero Toscano

  • Vieri Tarchiani, course coordinator

Trainer from the University of Florence, Agricultural Sciences Faculty

Trainers from the University of Sassari

  • Pier Paolo Roggero

  • L. Gutierrez

Trainer from the University of Tuscia

  • G. Dono

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

  • Mbaye Diop



Useful links

Area di Ricerca CNR http://www.area.fi.cnr.it/english/

Urban mobility http://www.ataf.net/

Railways information: http://www.trenitalia.com/

Florence airport : http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/

Bologna airport : http://www.bologna-airport.it/uk/?LN=UK

Rome Fiumicino airport: https://www.adr.it/fiumicino

Visa information http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/view/10617/

Tuscany weather forecast http://www.lamma.rete.toscana.it/en/meteo


For any question related to the training course, address to the following contact:

Vieri Tarchiani

Researcher at IBIMET-CNR

Via G. Caproni 8,

50145, Florence, ITALY

Tel +39 0553033711

Email: v.tarchiani@ibimet.cnr.it