Our colleagues at CCAFS have piloted a climate services for farmers program in Kaffrine, Senegal. In 2013, the HURDL team coordinated with CCAFS to help lay the groundwork for project design, including project monitoring and evaluation. Carr and Kalala field tested the LAG approach in May, tailoring it to the context of Kaffrine. Kalala then implemented the approach between late May and late July, exploring the livelihoods strategies, and agricultural decision-making, of farmers in a representative village in Kaffrine. The HURDL team, working with Dave Letson at the University of Miami, is building an understanding of livelihoods decision-making from this data that will help to identify the various information needs of farmers in Kaffrine, and thus serve to inform the design of climate services for these farmers.
HURDL is working closely with CCAFS to provide the necessary tools for CCAFS staff and their Senegalese partners to take up the LAG approach and further the information-gathering needed for project design, as well as use the information gathered through the approach to develop relevant, informative monitoring and evaluation tools for the project as it moves to implementation.