Report capacity needs assessment of AGRHYMET
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Climate variability and associated droughts and floods are major causes of poverty and resource depletion in Africa. They are serious threat to economic growth, and their impact is particularly evident in the West African region. The Sahelian drought and famine of the early 1970s serves as reminder of the cumulative effects and impacts of desertification and drought. As the economies of West African countries in particular, are predominantly rain-fed agricultural, future economic development across the region has a high level of dependency upon climate variability and change. The use of climate information in the region’s development planning has been very limited. The main obstacles include limited financial and human resources, infrastructure, and technical expertise required to provide adequate climate services, lack of appropriate climate information system, lack of understanding and capacity to use climate information. The overall objectives of this assessment is to provide good understanding of the gaps that exist with the view to eventually having AGRHYMET performing all WMO RCC’s mandatory functions to qualify for designation as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) RCC. WMO is encouraging the establishment of a number of regional climate centers (RCCs) that will generate and deliver more regionally focused, high-resolution data and products, as well as offer training support on the use of the products. The aim is for the RCCs to assist WMO Members States in any given Region or a defined sub-Region to deliver better climate products and services including long-range forecasts, and to strengthen their capacity to meet national climate information needs.
Citation“United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa (2018). Report capacity needs assessment of AGRHYMET. Addis Ababa. © UN. ECA. ”
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