On February 11 2020, at the conference hall of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan was held a workshop “Farmers' Access to the Products of the Central Asian Climate Information Platform (CACIP), with the participation of representatives of government bodies, academia, civil societies and experts from international organizations. This is one of the subsequent meetings taking place in Tajikistan as part of the development of the platform.
At the beginning of the meeting, the team leader of CACIP Enrico Bonaiuti from ICARDA gave a welcoming speech briefly about the goals, expectations from this meeting, as well as the goals of the project, which is to provide complete and relevant data and information on climate change.
After introducing all the participants, CACIP development stages were introduced to all the participants, and a test version of the platform was also demonstrated.
Presentations were made by Hukumatsho Sharipov from the Project Implementation Group at the CEP on the topic “Data Transfer to Farmers”, Alisher Khaidarov, representative of the Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan, Karimdjon Abdualimov, deputy director of the Hydrometeorology Agency under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ahmadzhon Akramov from Ecological Youth Center , Shamsiddin Soliev - representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan and Sherali Safarov - deputy director of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. The main focus in presentations and discussions was given on what has been done, is being done and is planned to be done to transfer data to farmers on climate change in agriculture.
In the second part of the meeting, the participants were divided into groups to identify problems about the needs of farmers for data and best practices, as well as limitations for farmers to access to the products of the CACIP.
Representatives of the invited organizations very participated in the discussions and expressed their willingness for close cooperation with the exchange of information with a platform to support farmers to access climate change adaptation data.
Group works during the workshop
It is worth noting that ICARDA representatives will continue to work on this topic in cooperation with stakeholders in Tajikistan and develop products useful for all users of the Platform.
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