Developing participatory integrated climate services for agriculture in Haiti: Identifying priorities

Authors: Caroline Staub*, University of Florida
Topics: Development, Qualitative Research, Communication
Keywords: Climate, agriculture, extension, Haiti
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Studio 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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With higher average temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, more frequent extreme weather events hitting coastal areas and degrading soil quality, there is broad consensus that changes in climate are having serious effects on agricultural production in Haiti. Climate information and services, if contextualized and disseminated in a timely manner, can present opportunities for Haiti’s agricultural sector. After the 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s Centre National de Meteorologie (CNM) was constrained by both insufficient staff and equipment, and was unable to collect, process, store and disseminate weather data and forecasts. Since 2016, USAID's Feed the Future 'Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole' (AREA) project has been providing Haitian agricultural institutions with automatic weather stations, reinforcing the knowledge and skills necessary to build and maintain the stations in-country and building capacity to integrate weather and climate information into decision-making at the farm level. Here, we discuss key take-home messages from focus groups that were conducted with key-informants in Haiti’s agricultural sector. The discussion generated insight on 1) climate-related impacts to key agricultural commodities and 2) the resources currently available for climate risk management. This presentation generates insight and discussion around the necessary steps to develop climate services and integrate them into agricultural practices in Haiti and other developing countries.

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