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December 11th, 2019 / IISD

With an estimated 80% of the world’s food insecure living in degraded environments exposed to recurrent extreme events, the 2019 ‘State of Climate Services: Food and Agriculture’ report explores how to support agriculture in the face of climate variability and change. Produced by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners, the report aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of what is needed to enhance access to climate information and services for climate-resilient development and adaptation action.

The report was officially launched at the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain, and highlights progress, opportunities and challenges in rolling out climate services such as seasonal forecasts, drought advisories and fire danger indices. Building on diverse case studies, the report concludes that climate information and associated services have “demonstrably led to improved agricultural and food security outcomes,” with the overall cost-benefit ratio of investments estimated as “one to 10.” Read more …