Climandes: Tailored forecasts for Peru

Climate change and climate variability affects those in poverty the most severely as their options for adapting are limited. Tailored weather and climate forecasts are thus all the more important for the people concerned.

Producteurs en travail sur leur champ
Andean farmers in traditional dress working in the field. They are an important target group for Climandes.
© Enrique Castro-Mendivil, PromPerú

Two national meteorological services, MeteoSwiss and SENAMHI Peru, are working together on the Climandes project to ensure that simple farmers in Peru get appropriate weather and climate forecasts at the right time. Climandes is thus helping to address the concerns of the Global Framework for Climate Services GFCS.

Helping farmers to help themselves

In Peru, it is a common occurrence for crops to fail due to heavy precipitation, persistent drought, frost or hail. If farmers are given sufficient warning of such weather events, they can take steps to protect their harvest. The Climandes project provides tailored weather and climate forecasts together with the requisite training for the agricultural sector in the Andes, thus developing weather and Climate services. Climandes is providing farmers with the means to help themselves and is contributing towards food security – an absolute necessity for sustainable global development.

Enquête sur les besoins des agriculteurs
A SENAMHI colleague asks a farmer about her needs.
© SENAMHI Peru

Successful bridge-building in Peru

The common aim of the project partners is to build bridges with the small-scale farmers. The initial results look very promising, as the farmers now receive forecasts and warnings in their indigenous language over the local radio and via SMS on a daily basis. In order to achieve this, the project worked closely with the farmers to ascertain their needs. Climandes also introduced a systematic approach to working with climate data at SENAMHI Peru, as without reliable data, there can be no reliable forecasts. Another important prong to the project was the upgrading of the meteorologists’ professional and academic education in meteorology and climatology.

Switzerland + Peru = Climandes

Climandes is built on the principle of knowledge exchange between Switzerland and Peru and has been supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) since 2012. It is a pilot project of the Global Framework for Climate Services GFCS under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and will run until the end of March 2019.

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Last modification 09.11.2018

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