In the R4 project, farmers use rain gauges to gather daily rainfall. This is a Google Earth animation showing farmers' actual rainfall measurements during the growing season of 2009 in Adi Ha, Ethiopia. The data collected from the rain gauges informs the development and use of index insurance products. Learn more at iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/financial-instruments/.
IRI's health and agricultural index groups are working with NASA's SERVIR program to provide it with user input for the potential design of a selected set of products, guidance for SERVIR Regional Hubs on product selection and design, and recommendations to the program overall on how to better work with communities of practice to guide the development of user-centered climate-related information products. IRI is also building capacity and raise awareness among users in target sites about climate information, uncertainty, and SERVIR by conducting several workshops in East Africa. In this presentation, we will summarize the progress we have made so far in formalizing a stakeholder engagement process for NASA's SERVIR program to use in the future.