In a cross-sector partnership led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture, The Clima y Sector Agropecuario Colombiano (Colombian Climate and Agricultural Sector; CSAC) provides meterological data to farmers, along with data on the economics and agronomy of rice cultivation.
CSAC works directly with growers interested in adopting new strategies, using the results of its climate models to help farmers with their agricultural practices. Growers in the program also work alongside local extension officers to help other farmers understand and adopt the new strategies.
The partnership provides information to growers and helps them improve their decision making about when to plant or not plant, as well as which varieties are most likely to have the best yields in the forecasted conditions. The site-specific information had an enormous economic impact. In 2013, when CSAC predicted a high risk of crop loss due to drought, farmers who did not plant saved $3.6 million in agricultural inputs that would have been spent on the failed crop.