Climate Modeling in Colombia

Observed Non-Personal Data Agriculture/Food


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 meteorological data to farmers along with data on the economics and agronomy of rice cultivation. 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. Growers in the program also work alongside local extension officers to help other farmers understand and adopt the new strategies. The site-specific information had an economic impact. In 2013, when the 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.

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

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