ACREI Participatory Seasonal Advisory Development
The Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI), through its implementing partner the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), is improving climate advisories that allow farmers in targeted communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to make informed decisions about the management and preservation of their crops as the season progresses. This is achieved by the co-production of seasonal weather and climate advisories through a process called Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP). PSP takes the co-production process down to the sub-national level in two-day workshops that bring the producers and users of weather and climate information in each target location together.
As a result of the PSP workshop, a collaborative advisory is issued for the coming season that is scientifically sound, locally relevant, and, most importantly, useful. The advisory is subsequently translated into local languages such as Swahili for Kenya, and Ifran Oromifa for Ethiopia.
ACREI is a US$ 6.8 million project funded by the Adaptation Fund. It develops and implements adaptation strategies and measures to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists – an estimated 40 000 people in 30 communities – in the Horn of Africa to climate variability and change.