Linking agricultural research and practice: Climate analogues tool helps farmers anticipate their future climate
09 January 2012
"Climate Analogues" is a new open access tool launched at the UN Climate Change conference in Durban in December 2011 that aims to help farmers to assess the impacts of progressive climate change on agricultural production. The tool locates sites where the climate today is similar to that predicted for another location in the future, enabling farmers and policymakers to determine how to adapt to anticipated changes.
Examples include maize farmers in Mexico, who could look at farming practices in Argentina, China and South Africa, where climatic conditions are very close to those predicted for Mexico. The tool was developed by a team from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) with funding from the Colombian government. The tool will be field tested with farmers in Ghana, Nepal, and Tanzania, in 2012.
A web-based version of the climate analogues tool can be accessed at http://gismap.ciat.cgiar.org/Analogues. This platform is intended to provide simplified but critical insights into the vulnerability of crops to climate change.
In addition, a detailed report, 'Climate Analogues: Finding Tomorrow's Agriculture Today', was also released in Durban and can be downloaded at the link below (pdf).
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