Uganda - Strengthening Weather and Climate Information Services
The purpose of this project was to improve the availability, relevance and use of weather and climate information in 22 targeted districts in Uganda using local languages.
This aimed to support 198,000 farmers to reduce their vulnerability to climatic hazards.
The project was led by World Vision UK who worked in partnership with the Met Office, OPM-NECOC (Office of the Prime Minister - National Emergency Co-ordination and Operations Centre), World Vision Uganda, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) and WIMEA-ICT (Improving East Africa’s Weather Information Management through the application of suitable Information and Communications Technology, from Makerere University).
The targeted districts are characterised by persistent exposure to weather related shocks and a need for action-based forecasts delivered to end-users. These are, however, areas of high potential for agriculture production and productivity, and WISER support through this project will play a tangible role in reducing household poverty and aiding economic development. Using co-production, ACCRA will bring together producers of climate information and advisories, translate the forecasts and advisories into 22 local languages with community-based organisations to provide households with relevant forecasts across multiple timescales. These will be delivered through the establishment of new methods of communication and dissemination, training community ‘climate champions’ to broadcast forecasts over FM radios.
The project aimed to develop a model of multi-agency cooperation across Ugandan institutions responsible for the delivery of forecast information with a particular focus on strengthening collaborations with and between UNMA and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). It also supported improvements to the operational delivery of forecasts issued by UNMA through the rescue and digitization of historical archives of observations data. This improves the capacity of downscaled forecasts by enhancing the ability to conduct scientific verification of their accuracy, and will place current climate variability in its historical context.
Read project case studies and articles:
Translating forecasts into farming - March 2020
How are Ugandan farmers adapting to climate change? - January 2020