Dear Afrik-IT members,
In recent years many African countries have experienced severe droughts and famine. Reliable forecasts are needed to help concerned decision-making bodies: agricultural planners advising on seasonal, agricultural stategy, future food and marketing needs, future grazing areas for herds etc., and also external agencies assesing food and fodder supplies. Nowdays a number of meteorological departments (such as ECMWF, UKMO, NCAR) issue globals forecasts using GCMs. The forecasts are available to everybody with the right technology, but need local experts for local interpretation.
While it is important to provide information on drought to governments and donororganizations, it is vital that the farmers themselves be informed of what is happening.
Meteorological information must me dissiminated to the farming communities in somehow. Some African countries have weather forecasts on TV, but how many people who are directly affected by the weather (such as farmers) posses TV sets.
I ask IT experts to think on how meteorlogical and environmental information can be dissiminated to the poorest.
Dr. Menghestab Haile TEL 01734 875123 ext 7380
Department of Meteorology
University of Reading FAX 01734 352604
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