Farmers and experts attending the Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia have adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on the sharing and use of knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration was inspired by the growing recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting. The Kampala Declaration is available here.
The Declaration established the Regional Network of Farmers of Africa and South Asia, or RENOFASA, to develop an implementation plan for promoting cooperation, disseminating weather and climate information and services to farmers in a timely manner through information and communications technologies, organizing training seminars, and establishing advisory teams to interact with farmers and improve the uptake of weather and climate services. The Government of Uganda has offered to support the establishment of an office to support RENOFASA.
Agriculture is one of the four priority areas of the WMO-led Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), which is promoting operational climate services at the national and regional levels. The Framework’s contribution to climate change adaptation and resilience has been recognized by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Kampala workshop was organized through the USAID-funded project "Laying the Foundation for Establishing Networks Linking Farmers in Africa and South Asia for Demand-driven Climate Services". The workshop was co-sponsored by WMO, Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, and other partners.