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Gobeshona 6: Climate Services for Resilient Development

CIMMYT and ICCCAD on Climate services for Resilient Development (CSRD) in South Asia: Activities, Outcomes and Impact.

A session titled “Climate services for Resilient Development (CSRD) in South Asia: Activities, Outcomes and Impact” was held at at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as a part of Gobeshona 6, a four-day conference organized by the International Centre for Climate Change And Development (ICCCAD).

The session was hosted jointly by CIMMYT and ICCCAD. The panelists were Mr. Timothy J. Krupnik, Mr. M.A. Mannan, Mr. T.S. Amjath Babu, Ms. Rahana Sultana, Mr. Moin Islam, Mr. Md. Washiq Daisal, Ms. Fahmida Khanam, Ms. Sumona Shahrin, Mr. Sk. Ghulam Hussain and Mr. M. Shahab Uddin. 

Mr. Timothy J. Krupnik began the session with their climate service project which is expected to be executed within 3 years. They have set up a few goals for the project as well including-

  1. Building up climate centres
  2. Demolishing the 5 problems regarding agriculture.
  3. Sufficient amount of partners to deliver climate advisors in Bangladesh.

He has also mentioned about the disease called Wheat Blast that broke out in February 2016 due to heavy rainfall, coming from South America to Asia. As the disease is visible since then, he has also been working on a project with disease modelling and easy warning system.

Mr. T.S. Amjath Babu talked about how farmers have been driven to the appropriate development of climate services by giving them-

  1. Crop advisory on rainfall and planting date.
  2. Providing advice on irrigation and fertilizer usage. 

Mr. Moin Islam mainly talked about Lentils- an integral part of many nutrition-sensitive cropping system in South Asia. He has explained how the disease Lentil Stemphylium is acute because of the production of lentil. Therefore, he has come up with a model to predict the disease since field experiment will take a lot of time. Through the model, weather data, temperature and humidity will be collected by the selected individuals for the model. So that, the farmers can get informed about when the disease will happen and they can take precautions, calibration and validation.

After that, Ms. Fahmida Khanam came up on stage and talked about rainfall advisories to increase mung bean farmers’ resilience. In order to do so, climate and market-smart mung bean advisories have been set up in Patuakhali. 3 unions (2 in Patuakhali, 1 in Barguna) have been deploying forecasts. The farmers get direct calls to forecasts. A phone survey has shown that getting forecast beforehand has helped increasing 10% in yield production. 

The whole purpose of this session was to let us all get acknowledged about the activities being done by the climate activists, the outcomes from their strategies and their impacts in order to promote resilience in the southern part of Asia. The session served really well in this regard.

Safa Azad is an Environmental Management Student at Independent University, Bangladesh.

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