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Dec 2005: Workshop at Thiès

December 2005:
Workshop AMMA for modeling agricultural,
Thies, Senegal :
Monitoring and forecasting of the African monsoon impacts on agriculture and vegetation:
situation and to develop research tools and to improve food security

This workshop has found its first source in the desire of the AMMA program to evaluate potential positive impacts of research on improving the food situation, taking into account the weather and yields, and the increase possible production. Otherwise, CIRAD, Centre for Agricultural Research and Development, wanted to consolidate its partnership with African and European institutions working on monitoring and forecasting of the African monsoon impacts on agriculture and vegetation.

The workshop participants numbered 45, 33 of West Africa (Niger, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea), all scientists involved in studies on the impacts of African monsoon on agriculture and vegetation, the prediction of yields and food security (agronomists, physiologists, agro-meteorologists, economists, statisticians and climatologists ...)

The overall objective was to consolidate an international network of partners working on monitoring and predicting these impacts. The workshop strengthened the knowledge and opportunity for all partners to define common research consistent and relevant.

Specifically, it was important to assess the situation when the management of food security in West Africa. Focusing primarily on the forecasting process yields and taking into account the weather, it was about understanding the global context and how, for example, policy makers and institutions make decisions. To do so, the forecast accuracy and difficulties should be assessed, issues identified and to improve the state of the art forecast returns submitted.
The concepts, tools and methods to be developed for monitoring and predicting the impacts of the African monsoon on agriculture and vegetation have been explained and modeling tools for the reduction and increase of scale, aggregation and disaggregation, seasonal weather forecasts, scenarios of climate change, remote sensing, etc..

All the debates led them to assess to what extent research on climate AMMA were helpful and prepared to implement research in different countries within a network.

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