KNOWLEDGE SHARING WORKSHOP
Islamabad and Multan, Pakistan
02 August 2022 to
04 August 2022
Organizer: ICIMOD, Met Office, Pakistan Meteorological Department, and University of Leeds
In collaboration with the Met Office – the UK’s national meteorological agency, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), and the University of Leeds (UoL), we are organising knowledge sharing workshops on the socio-economic benefits of weather and climate information services (WCIS) in Islamabad and Multan in Pakistan.
In March 2021, PMD, UoL and ICIMOD initiated a joint study under the UK Aid-funded Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARRCC) programme to understand the use and evaluate the socio-economic benefits of the agro-met advisories provided by PMD, particularly focusing on cotton and wheat farmers in the Punjab and Sindh provinces where rising temperatures, more frequent flooding and prolonged droughts threaten productivity. The study team will be sharing the key findings of this study with national stakeholders. This will be followed by an interaction workshop for farmers.
The workshop will share the findings of the study, solicit feedback, stimulate discussions on how to design the agromet advisories offered by PMD to be more effective, and identify areas where farmers need support to adopt the advisories. The recommendations of the workshop are expected to influence decision-makers in developing suitable policies at various levels to support farmers in adopting the advisories and benefitting from them.
Participants include key stakeholders of WCISs from government agencies and ministries related to agriculture and the environment including weather and climate information providers, users, research organisations, and progressive farmers from Punjab and Sindh provinces.
PMD: Mahr Sahibzad Khan, Muhammad Amjad and PMD officers from National Agromet Centre
ICIMOD: Mandira Singh Shrestha, Mani Nepal, Vijay Khadgi, Ganesh Bhattarai, Muhammad Ismail, Haris Ayub
UoL: Marta Bruno Soares
Met Office: Daniel Ryan
MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (MNSUAM): Muhammad Ashfaq
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) provides comprehensive agricultural meteorological (agromet) advisories at various time scales to farming communities, which covers the general forecast for the coming week, month, and season along with crop-specific suggestions. In 2021, PMD, UoL and ICIMOD initiated a joint study under the UK Aid-funded ARRCC programme. The study aimed at identifying areas where the agromet advisories produced and disseminated by PMD could be improved to increase the uptake and use by those who are most vulnerable to climate hazards and changing conditions. Underpinning this aim is the concept of equity i.e. to produce a useful and usable WCIS considering the different information needed by men and women. To achieve this aim, the research was split into four objectives:
In consultation with PMD, we jointly conducted the study in the Punjab and Sindh provinces, where wheat is grown as a staple food crop and cotton as a cash crop. The study also gathered information on how farmers use WCIS to manage risk-related and other aspects of farming. A total of 612 households were surveyed and 19 focus groups discussions were conducted to understand the use/non-use of the WCIS by households.
Welcome remarks: Mahr Sahibzad Khan, Director General, PMD
Opening remarks: Daniel Ryan, Met Office (virtual)
Objectives of the workshop, Mandira Singh Shrestha, Programme Coordinator – Climate Services, ICIMOD
Use of weather and climate services
Socio-economic benefits of using agromet advisories
(Four panellists, 8 minutes each followed by moderated discussion)
Asma Jawad Hashmi, PMD
Bilal Iqbal, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)
and Muhammad Ashfaq, MNSUAM
Jehangir Awan, PMD and Mandira Singh Shrestha, ICIMOD
Mahr Sahibzad Khan, PMD
Muhammad Ismail, ICIMOD
Note: The language of delivery will be in Urdu and English.
Remarks – Mahr Sahibzad Khan, Director General, PMD
Remarks – Mandira Singh Shrestha, Programme Coordinator – Climate Services, ICIMOD
Keynote address – Saqib Ali Ateel, Secretary Agriculture, South Punjab
Progressive farmers to provide feedback on improving WCIS
Sources of information
Timing, use, and usability of agromet services
Best practices and success stories
Policy support required for improving outreach, understandability, usability, and accuracy
Closing followed by tea
Irfan Baig/Representative from MNS University