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.
Country lead for Colombia Ángel G. Muñoz discusses the launch of NextGen in Colombia as well as the future of NextGen and ACToday.
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.
Insurance payouts based on weather conditions are helping to keep premiums low and enabling millions of farmers access to coverage previously unavailable to them.
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.
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.
Affordable insurance against droughts and other climate risks will help to improve food security and protect smallholder farmers.
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.
In August of 2019, Colombia’s national meteorological service, IDEAM, launched a state-of-the-art climate forecasting system called NextGen.
ACToday aims to combat hunger and improve food security by increasing climate knowledge in Ethiopia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala.
Climate scientist Nachiketa Acharya uses medium-term forecasts to help Indian farmers with planning and decision-making.
A prototype model considers climate and socioeconomic factors to see if displacements of people can be predicted and better explained.