In this paper, we examine coffee farming in the Jamaican Blue Mountains (BM). We identify climate products that can help farmers manage climate risk and the barriers that argue for interactive climate services that go beyond conventional approaches of information production and delivery. We discuss how dialogs between farmers, extension personnel, and climate scientists can create a foundation from which use can emerge.
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Regional Climate Outlook Forums (COFs) provide climate information to decision-makers. Despite two decades of experience, the forums have not been systematically monitored or evaluated. In this study, we use a case study of the Caribbean COF and literature on decision-support and climate communication to propose a process-oriented evaluation framework for the COFs.
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In August, IRAP hosted six workshops with nine rural Jamaican communities to discuss weather and climate information and its role in coffee management. These workshops are part of an ongoing effort to increase access to and understanding of climate information. In these workshops, IRAP has been exploring the utility of and developing a text messaging service. These workshops build off a similar workshop series hosted with these same communities in June, 2017. >>Read More