Climate change has a major impact on agriculture. However, it also produces 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and thus contributes to global warming. Temperature increases, changes in precipitation, more frequent floods and droughts, and rising sea levels all affect agricultural systems and production. In the subtropical and tropical regions in many developing countries, the negative impacts can already be felt, jeopardising the food security and incomes of farmers, most of whom are smallholders.
Farmers will have to adapt to the changed conditions to safeguard their livelihoods. One of the project initiatives at Syecomp Ghana Ltd aims to promote existing and new methods for adaptation to climate change and to introduce mitigation measures within the context of sustainable farming.
Getting smallholder farmers timely, accurate, locally relevant weather forecasts makes a real difference in their productivity in this era of climate change. The increasing climate variability across the planet calls for urgent steps to improve knowledge access and informed mitigation measures. Use of advanced geospatial technology complemented with indigenous know-how accessible through viable information delivery channels is very essential.
This Learning Note is the third in a 9-series under the Building Viable Delivery Models (BVDM) for ICT for Agriculture for ACP countries Project. It was initiated and supported financially by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), The Netherlands.