Consultation and User Engagement Workshop for the Collaborative Development of Agricultural Drought Monitoring Services in Bangladesh

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The northern region of Bangladesh has been facing increasing agricultural droughts which can lead to reduce the productivity of farming communities, especially where irrigation is not available. Climate change projections also suggest a future decrease in precipitation in the dry season, with uncertainties for the spatial location of precipitation in the future monsoon season. Where farmers are unable to adapt, bottlenecks in crop productivity and increased livelihood vulnerability are likely to result. Access to good quality drought monitoring and early warning information could help to develop climate services that can be used to help farmers adapt to these changes. As such, institutions involved in agro-meteorological prediction bear the responsibility for helping to facilitate improved information flow and climate advisories to farmers across Bangladesh.

 The objectives of this workshop are:

  • Consultation and feedback from key partners on anticipated methods, approaches and work plans for developing and validating agricultural drought forecasts
  • Review availability and quality of national level datasets relevant to drought service and assess status of data availability and access
  • Discuss on user engagement and research strategy for effective development process of the initial drought forecasting and information communication service