On October 10, the APEC Climate Center (APCC) held its first Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop in Port Vila with hopes to gather local expertise and traditional knowledge on best practices for crop management and crop cycles.
Participants include local experts from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD), the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and other agencies as well as local farmers and DARD extension officers.
The workshop mainly consists of interactive activities where the APCC team will work with local farmers and stakeholders to build crop climate calendars and decision making tables for selected crops together.
APCC is specifically focused on improving Climate Services for agriculture in Vanuatu, by building the technical capacity in agriculture to harness and manage agro-climate data, develop and deliver practical Climate Information Services (CIS) tools and resources, support enhanced dissemination of tailored information for the agriculture sector and support the application of relevant CIS through real-time development processes.
These crop climate calendars and decision-making tables will ultimately be included in the Vanuatu Climate Services for Agriculture (VaCSA) website developed by APCC.
The VaCSA will serve as a climate information hub for agriculture stakeholders. Local farmers and DARD officers will be able to utilize this tool to project potential crop yield, guide their decision making in terms of farming practices, all utilizing high quality climate information tailored for the agriculture sector.
The APEC Climate Centre is one of three delivering partners working with the VMGD and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to implement the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Vanuatu Klaemet Infomesen blong Redy, Adapt mo Protekt (Van-KIRAP) project in Vanuatu.