On Thursday, December 10, the Secretariat of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Government of Valle del Cauca, with the support of the Center for Research on Sugar Cane of Colombia (Cenicaña), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, install the Agroclimatic Technical Table (MTA) of Valle del Cauca.
The Agroclimatic Technical Table (MTA) of Valle del Cauca will be a space for dialogue between departmental actors that provide climate information, unions, researchers, technicians and farmers, to understand the possible behavior of the climate and generate recommendations for adaptation to climate variability, extreme weather events and take advantage of favorable weather conditions for agricultural activities.
The MTA will generate an agroclimatic bulletin with the climate prediction and its possible impact on crops for specific conditions in time and space, together with recommendations for decision-making considering each productive item. Climate predictions are generated in consensus with different institutions that manage agroclimatic information for the benefit of farmers in the region, such as Cenicaña, the Valle del Cauca Regional Autonomous Corporation (CVC) and IDEAM.
In the last eight years, MTAs have been established in countries such as Honduras, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico, Ecuador and Chile as a mechanism to reduce agroclimatic risks. To date, there is a network of more than 39 MTAs that contribute to the identification of comprehensive adaptation measures, which are later transferred to local technicians and producers. During the installation of the MTA of Valle del Cauca, the Governor of Valle, Clara Luz Roldán; the general director of Cenicaña, Freddy Fernando Garcés Obando, the general director of the CVC, Marco Antonio Suárez and representatives of the allied entities will explain the scope of this regional effort to identify and implement best practices of adaptation to climatic phenomena in the department.
Farmers and associations that want to participate in the installation of the MTA in a virtual way will be able to do so, after registering at the following link: http://ow.ly/GWXu50CAy0B