Empowering Farmers to Bolster Community Resilience
The National Meteorological Agency (NMA) has received automatic weather stations that will be help five thousand Ethiopian farmers living in four regions of the country to access free and accurate meteorological information.
The Ministry of Environment and Forest transferred the automatic weather stations, acquired with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to the NMA during an official ceremony held in Addis Ababa on 27th March 2014.
The new weather stations will assist in strengthening regional institutional capacity in Beninshangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, and Tigray regions for managing climate-resilient planning and investments, enhancing access to technologies and best practices, and stepping up the number of adaptation options and solutions for communities vulnerable to climate change.
The National Meteorological Agency will train district officials and selected beneficiaries in the pilot districts to install, read, and maintain the new weather stations; these will in turn instruct farmers in the districts on how to produce and access accurate meteorological information. Through these interventions farmers are helped to experiment with climate smart agricultural practices all the way from land preparation to harvesting.
UNDP has been supporting the government in strengthening the collection and dissemination of climate Information and the procurement of the automatic weather stations is part of this support to the country. Lessons learnt from this initial pilot intervention is expected to help UNDP to scale up its support to Ethiopia meet its development vision to build a climate resilient and green economy over the coming years.
With the financial support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) UNDP is partnering with the Ministry of Environment and Forest and the National Meteorological Agency to promote autonomous adaptation to climate change at community level.