Specifically, the project aims to: 1) identify and analyze climate information needs, provide support for climate information production, synthesis, and use; 2) build the capacities and knowledge of stakeholders (government agencies, research institutions, extension agents and contact famers) to collect and utilize high quality, demand-driven climate information for adaptation planning and decision-making; and 3) facilitate the mainstreaming of climate change issues in regional policy dialogue aimed at raising awareness on climate change issues to strengthen understanding, use and mastery of climate information.

Stakeholders and partners during the CDSF project launch at Hilton Hotel Nairobi on 11th September 2017.

The project is led by the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and the partners include the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS), AGRHYMET Regional Centre and the Regional Centre for Mapping Resource for Development (RCMRD). The project is funded by the African Development Bank through the Clim-Dev Special Fund (CDSF) and is implemented in Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

Drawing on the weADAPT platform, the SEI team will lead the process of developing a climate adaptation toolkit based on case studies in Nigeria and Kenya to use climate information to support adaptation planning and policy in the agriculture sector.