Overview of the project
The Sahelian context in general, and Chad’s in particular, is constantly changing, hence the importance of information, planning, and action to strengthen the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change.
Knowledge of seasonal forecasts, climate uncertainties and risks enables the identification of response strategies to cope with climate change effects. Within this framework, the project “Employment, Resilience and Social Cohesion in the Sahelian strip and Lake Chad area” has organised more than 30 PSP workshops in the three project regions from 2017 to date. The workshops are held with communities, local authorities, and weather services in order to facilitate access to climate information (seasonal forecasts) for the most vulnerable communities.
The workshops’ objective is to strengthen farmers’ and herders’ capabilities by sharing and analysing seasonal forecasts for planning and implementing adaptation activities. Specifically they aim to:
- Make seasonal forecasts accessible to grassroots communities;
- Improve partners’ knowledge of present and future climate risks and opportunities;
- Strengthen operational decision-making in the conduct of activities to support community resilience;
- Strengthen interaction between farmers, community livestock breeders, and specialised meteorological services;
- Share practical advice on how to optimise agro-sylvo-pastoral production in the face of climatic constraints;
- Plan the sharing of seasonal forecasts at the local level (towns and communities); and
- Reflect on a local, sustainable mechanism for transmitting scientific information to producers.
During these workshops, communities share their knowledge of forecasts through local observations and indicators, thus highlighting traditional knowledge in this participatory scenario planning process. Practical advice for farmers and herders emerges through each scenario analysis, which is then disseminated by the communities themselves via various media (especially community radio stations participating in the learning process) for the management of climate change related risks.
Conduct community-based adaptation planning with farmers and herders through the sharing and interpretation of scientific, meteorological and traditional seasonal forecasts.
More than 30 PSP community workshops have been held, mobilising 1,200 farmers and herders.
Improving knowledge of climate information, creating space for learning, and building resilience through informed decision-making in the face of climate uncertainties and risks in rural areas.
This project is funded by the European Union.
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