Colombian climate change network operational
Colombia is currently underwater. Rains over the past 6 months have been relentless, and it is causing widespread suffering across the country. Crop productivity in many sectors is in crisis, and food prices have increased in many cases. It all shows that society is highly dependent on a favourable climate, and agriculture, more than any other sector, is particularly exposed. The last 6 months have strengthened the need for a much stronger institutional framework within Colombia to address climate risk, and so it is with great pleasure that I share the link to website of the Cross-institutional network on climate change and food security in Colombia (RICCLISA it’s acronym in Spanish – Red Interinstitucional de Cambio Climatico y Seguridad Alimentario Colombia).
The network is made up of both governmental organisations (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, National Planning Department), universities (like the University of Cauca, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and sectoral research institutes like Cenicafe. CIAT has also been involved in the process of setting this up, and is a very proud member of the network.
The network will bring together knowledge to better understand climatic processes in Colombia, provide forecasts for producers, establish a monitoring network of climate change across the country, and provide a platform for capacity building for the next generation of climate change scientists in the country amongst other things.
For more information, check out the objectives of the network.