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Training on

Use of the digital agromet advisory dashboard and climate services

Venue

Bharatpur, Chitwan

Date & Time

16 November 2021 to 17 November 2021

Contact

Climate Services & Mandira Singh Shrestha

Use of the digital agromet

 

About the training

In collaboration with the Agriculture Knowledge Centre (AKC) and FORWARD Nepal in Chitwan, we are organizing a two-day training for staff from AKC Chitwan, technical project staff and agriculture extension officers of relevant palikas (rural and urban municipalities) in Chitwan district. The training will focus on the operational use of the digital agromet advisory dashboard co-developed by AKC Chitwan and ICIMOD and the integration of climate information in agromet advisories.

 

Objectives
  • Present the components of the digital agromet advisory dashboard
  • Use and test the mobile application for field-data collection
  • Introduce climate services and its linkage to the agromet advisory dashboard
  • Discussion on the development of an agromet advisory bulletin

 

Background

ICIMOD’s Climate Services Initiative is implementing a pilot project on localizing climate services in Chitwan, Nepal, primarily focusing on two sectors – agriculture and tourism. Funded through UK Aid, the pilot will be implemented over a two-year period ending in March 2022. The pilot aims to improve livelihoods and enhance resilience of people in the agriculture and tourism sectors through reduced risks and vulnerabilities with the use of climate information services. The targeted outcome is improved capacity of local institutions in Chitwan to integrate climate information services in their decision making and having in place a user driven climate service information system and user interface platform.

Building on earlier efforts at strengthening agromet advisories in Nepal, we are collaborating with AKC Chitwan to further enrich agromet advisories, make them more relevant to famers’ needs and deliver them in a timely manner. At the local level, FORWARD Nepal is implementing the pilot with technical support from ICIMOD and AKC Chitwan to improve the capacity of local institutions, extension workers and farmers in Chitwan district to integrate climate information services in their decision making.

As capacity building is an important component of our pilot project, we plan to organize training at two levels; the first level is for the AKC, agriculture extension officers of relevant palikas and technical project staff.

Day 1: Training on the operational use of the agromet advisory dashboard
Time Session Resource person/s
10:30–11:30 Hands on training on the agromet advisory dashboard features Intrepid Nepal
11:30–12:30 Data collection from the field using the mobile application Intrepid Nepal
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:00 Interaction
15:00–17:00 Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
16:00–17:00 Demonstration of the key features and components of the dashboard for decision making
16:00–17:00 Interaction

Day 2: Integrating climate in agromet advisory
Time Session Resource person/s
10:30–11:00 Introduction to climate services Karma Tshering, Senior Remote Sensing & Geoinformation Specialist, ICIMOD
11:00–11:45 Gender responsive climate services Suman Bisht, Senior Gender Specialist, ICIMOD
11:45-12:30 Contextualizing the agromet advisory dashboard

Specific crop phenology-based scheduling of crop calendars for optimal cultivation management

Agroecology – choosing the right crop, for the right place, at the right time and under the right climate

Karma Tshering, ICIMOD
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–16:00
  • Crop water requirements and irrigation scheduling
  • Climate integrated pest and disease management in a crop (taking maize/rice as examples)
  • Climate-informed plant nutrient management
  • Reimaging a suitable Agromet advisory bulletin (AAB) for Chitwan district, with a particular focus on the pilot area and selected crops
Karma Tshering, ICIMOD
16:00-17:00 Advisory bulletin and learning from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)