Earth Institute Research Projects

ACToday (Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow)

Lead PI: Dr. Lisa Goddard , Dr. Walter E. Baethgen

Unit Affiliation: International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

November 2017 - June 2022
Africa ; South America ; Asia ; Central America ; Guatemala ; Colombia ; Africa ; Senegal ; Ethiopia ; Asia ; Bangladesh ; Vietnam
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: ACToday seeks to transform the way that climate knowledge and information is brought to bear on the challenges of hunger, food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. It fosters the use of climate services as a means to create a tangible impact on the food systems of six target countries; in doing so, it both improves the lives of people in these target countries and generates evidence of good practice in research translation that can help guide national and international partners to adopt appropriate solutions to the wide range of challenges posed by climate variability and change beyond the six target countries.


Columbia World Projects


Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO); Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN); Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI); School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); Mailman School of Public Health; NASA GISS, Data Science Institute


CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health; Harvest Plus; CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security; World Food Programme; Food and Agriculture Organization; Inter-American Development Bank; World Bank



monitoring and forecasting agriculture seasonal to subseasonal forecasting climate services climate and society climate adaptation index insurance agricultural production crop production food security climate change risk prediction remote sensing climate risk decision support services


Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate


Country lead for Colombia Ángel G. Muñoz discusses the launch of NextGen in Colombia as well as the future of NextGen and ACToday.


Aug 04, 2020

New System Tracks and Forecasts Outbreak Risk of Dengue and Zika

The system identifies areas where environmental conditions might enhance transmission of dengue, Zika, chikungunya and other diseases carried by Aedes mosquitoes. It could find at-risk areas a month in advance.

Jun 04, 2020

Climate Risk Insurance for Colombia’s Smallholder Rice Farmers

Insurance payouts based on weather conditions are helping to keep premiums low and enabling millions of farmers access to coverage previously unavailable to them.

May 18, 2020

ACToday Experts Take Part in Panel on Climate and Food Security

Experts discussed how climate and the coronavirus will affect food supply chains, and how university-led projects such as ACToday can help take on major challenges like these.

Apr 22, 2020

COVID-19 Disruptions: Understanding Food Security Implications

The pandemic will test our food and trade systems in ways never experienced before. Food security research Michael Puma helps unravel the complex interplay of risks.

Apr 07, 2020

ACToday Columbia World Project Enabling Insurance to Reach a Million Farmers in Ethiopia

Affordable insurance against droughts and other climate risks will help to improve food security and protect smallholder farmers.

Apr 02, 2020

John Furlow: Helping Developing Countries Adapt to Climate Change

He and his team are deploying seasonal climate forecasts and index insurance to help Vietnamese farmers plan ahead for changing weather, and to enhance food security.

Mar 11, 2020

Video: Launch of NextGen Climate Forecasting System in Colombia

In August of 2019, Colombia’s national meteorological service, IDEAM, launched a state-of-the-art climate forecasting system called NextGen.

Mar 10, 2020

Report: Major Accomplishments of the ACToday Project

ACToday aims to combat hunger and improve food security by increasing climate knowledge in Ethiopia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala.

Dec 10, 2019

Subseasonal Forecasting for the Indian Monsoon

Climate scientist Nachiketa Acharya uses medium-term forecasts to help Indian farmers with planning and decision-making.

Dec 05, 2019

Can We Predict ‘Climate Migrations’?

A prototype model considers climate and socioeconomic factors to see if displacements of people can be predicted and better explained.