of the total impact of climate-related disasters in developing countries between 2003 and 2013 is absorbed by agriculture.
of damage to crops, globally is caused by flooding, while 15% is caused by drought, and 25% by storms.
of damage to crops is caused by drought in sub-saharan Africa, while 9% is due to flooding, and 2% by storms.
In Burkina Faso, WMO support is bringing much-needed advanced weather advisories to small-scale rural farmers across the northern region of the country. The weather advisories are included daily as part of the regular local radio broadcast, available throughout the region.
The initiative started with an assessment of the capacities of early warning systems and services in Burkina Faso. Technical support was then provided to improve forecasting, while resources were provided to the national meteorological and hydrological services to enhance delivery of weather advisory services.
These early warning weather advisory services were then customized for three pilot areas. Direct training was provided to more than 1,100 farmers so that they understood the weather and climate advisories, and how to adjust their farming practices in response to these advisories to optimize field cropping calendars. Local radio operators where also trained, with the training specifically designed for how the community members access, process and respond to information and warnings.
advanced weather advisories broadcast by the local radio station.
individual farmers in three pilot communities were trained in how to interpret and act on the advanced climate and weather advisories.
people across Burkina Faso's northern region are now benefiting directly and indirectly from the initiative, improving their lives and livelihoods.
of Burkina Faso's 20 million people are employed in the agricultural sector, and would be supported by expanded access to early warning systems.