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Ministry of Agriculture Servulo Baeza participates in COP27 discussion promoting the use of Agroclimatic Technical Tables to provide climatic information

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2022. 12:55 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Central American Agricultural Council

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Servulo Baeza, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security (MAFSE), on Saturday participated in COP27 climate change summit in a discussion promoting the use of Agroclimatic Technical Tables to provide climatic information.

MAFSE said the discussion was led by the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and other exponents.

“The Agroclimatic Technical Tables (MTA) was established for decision-making based on real technical information oriented to exchange agroclimatic data, dissemination of the results obtained and the use of methods and tools to manage risks and losses due to climate change,” MAFSE said.

“The discussion focused on how this climate information becomes bulletins for producers to mitigate risks, create an early warning system, generate capacities and promote participation of more people in the sector.”

According to MAFSE, under the Central American Integration System (SICA), 37 Agroclimatic Technical Tables are generating agroclimatic information for decision-making by producers of these. Thirteen of these tables are in Honduras, 19 in Guatemala, and 5 in Panama. MAFSE said SICA intends to implement others in the other member countries.

Jesús Quintana of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) said the Agroclimatic Technical Tables are important for the most vulnerable communities. He said the Central American Agricultural Council and CIAT have been collaborating for a while now looking for solutions regarding climate change which affects agriculture so much because there are more droughts, because there are so many more climatic variabilities, and the impossibility of predicting when it will rain or when planting can be done.

According to CIAT, during the last seven years, producers have been receiving essential information about whether there will be droughts, rain, or heat waves, and based on that information take innovative measures to protect agricultural activity.

 

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