|F2F Volunteer, Armando Milou, trained|
banana producers in the Dominican Republic
in disaster risk management practices
Today is Earth Day, a day to honor the planet and its many resources. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now observed in over 193 countries each year. Here at Partners, we are committed to promoting economic growth in an environmentally sustainable way. Agriculture and natural resource management are inextricably linked to the health of our planet and many Farmer-to-Farmer assignments have an environmental component. Today we are highlighting the value of climate services for properly managing the Earth's resources.
Every morning, before getting ready for the day, I check the weather on my smart phone. I want to know the weather forecast so I can best prepare for the day: the forecast tells me how many layers I need to wear, what shoes will be most practical for the day, or whether or not I need to bring an umbrella with me. Many people around the world check the weather for the same reasons and many people, like myself, take this service for granted.
Beyond the daily weather forecast, examples of climate services include early warning systems, topographical maps, vegetation maps, information sharing platforms, long-term weather forecasts, historical weather data, and projections of future climate conditions. Climate services provide farmers with the necessary information to figure out what crops to plant, when to plant them, and where to plant them. Climate services help farmers adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change by providing information on when and how to irrigate their fields and how to prepare for extreme weather events. Research has shown that access to climate services can decrease crop losses and increase farmers' ability to bounce back after extreme weather events.
|F2F volunteer Robert Halman training extension agents in the DR on climate|
change adaptation and mitigation practices