Farmers empowered: Accra workshop tackles climate challenge with crop-climate modeling

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In a week-long intensive workshop, researchers, agricultural stakeholders, and early-career scientists from across Africa, Asia, and Europe gathered in Accra, Ghana, to equip themselves with powerful tools for combating climate change’s impact on agriculture. Organized by the CGIAR Excellence in Agronomy Initiative and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), West Africa, in collaboration with the Sustainable Intensification Mixed Farming System (SI-MFS), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the workshop focused on utilizing crop models for integrated climate risk assessment and developing adaptation strategies.

With climate change disrupting weather patterns and jeopardizing food security, the workshop gave participants the knowledge and skills to leverage advanced crop models and climate data. These models act as digital simulations, allowing researchers to assess potential climate impact and develop tailored adaptation strategies for various scales, from individual fields to entire landscapes.

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