Knowledge Note

"Smallholder farmers need to be centrally involved in articulating their climate information needs and shaping climate information delivery mechanisms."

Across the world, smallholder farmers are facing devastating impacts from climate variability and change. For example, damage and losses from delayed rainy seasons, torrential storms, unexpected dry spells, persistent pests, and patchy rainfall can undermine food security and income generation. Climate services (CS) have the potential to support sustainable and resilient development in the face of these risks by providing timely, accurate, and useful climate and weather information that can enhance agricultural production, mitigate harvest losses, increase incomes, and improve food security. Unfortunately, this information is often not available to those who need it most, and when it is, users often face a number of challenges in accessing and using the information.

For smallholder farmers to benefit from CS, their needs and perspectives must be at the heart of the conversation around CS design and delivery. This ensures that the information provided is appropriately contextualized and is accessible to and useful for those farmers. 

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