Our 2015 Work Plan
This year is shaping up to be one filled with challenges and hard work as we ramp up our engagement to bring new and innovative climate-adapation and weather technologies to our partner countries in Africa. Highlights of the 2015 work plan and budget include country support for digitization, specialized procurement guidance, two regional training workshops, hiring of country specialists in hydrology, meteorology and alternative technology, training missions and continued work on our engagement with public-private partnerships. This year has already seen some remarkable successes, including the establishment of RFPs (Request For Proposals) for innovative technical solutions that can help national meteorological and hydrological services provide cost-effective climate change adaptation and early warning services.
2015 program of work
| RFPs and LTAs
Deepening Private Sector Engagement
The private sector is key to the long-term success of weather-forecasting and climate-change adaptation investments in Africa. There are myriad opportunities and just as many pitfalls that go along with the bold act of engaging with the private sector. With this in mind, our Kampala workshop focused on 'deepening private sector engagement to increase access to climate information in Africa.' The event brought together government and private-sector representatives to look at the agriculture, finance, aviation and telecommunications sectors, and examine how we can bring these powerful bodies together to bring new technologies, know-how and win-win partnerships to create sustainable weather information systems and reliable forecasts.
Reaching the Last Mile
| Bringing the Pieces Together
3-2-1 Innovation. Uganda Program Brings Public Alerts to Cell Phones
Information can save lives. But only if it can reach its intended target. In a partnership between Airtel Uganda and Human Network International, a pilot program is providing public service information through the use of voice recordings on demand for mobile phone users. The 3-2-1 service is being offered in Malawi and Madagascar at no cost to users. This is a giant first step in applying weather data to reduce risk and alleviate poverty. Programmes like this closely align with the much-anticipated Sustainable Development Goals, namely to "build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation."
The Importance of Weather Data
Agriculture is Africa's economic cornerstone, contributing 32% of total GDP. Despite an increase in urbanization, nearly three quarters of the Sub-Saharan African population live in rural areas, many of which are rainfall dependent smallholder farmers whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. While investment in agriculture throughout Sub-Saharan Africa has led to increases in cash crop and subsistence crop productivity, weather risks threaten these gains. Agricultural Insurance Provider Warimu Muthike shares more perspectives on the value of climate data in his incisive blog.