The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) with support from the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has been implementing a project aimed at reducing post-harvest losses and increasing grain production through the mitigation of climate change effects in Kenya and Uganda, in partnership with the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Kenya National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAIFF).
A value chain needs assessment conducted at the start of the project established that there was a need for real time climate information that includes precipitation, temperatures, and wind speed availed nearest to the value chain actors’ locations. To address these needs, EAGC developed a CI4G Tool which is a platform for collating and disseminating Climate Information for Grains which provides area specific climate information as well as related crop advisories currently for maize, beans, sorghum, and green grams value chains, as one of the services in the EAGC Grain Trade Business Hubs (GHUBs). The GHUBs are a one stop center owned and operated by smallholder farmer groups which facilitate their access to farm inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, mechanization, trainings and information for market and climate, as well as aggregating their produce and selling collectively through the EAGC’s GSOKO grain trading system.
Preliminary feedback so far received from the value chain actors indicate that they have been able to take appropriate action using the crop advisories received through the EAGC CI4G platform such as when to prepare for planting or harvesting, drying etc and therefore helping them reduce transaction costs and post-harvest losses while at the same time creating market opportunities for their produce.
You can access the EAGC Ci4G tool at www.ci4g.net
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