By Mohamed Salim NECJOGHA
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Tanzania has held its first climate café bringing together journalists, local government officials, scientists, together with farmers and livestock keepers as end users of weather and climate information.
The café was organized by Tanzania’s chapter of the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA) and took place on Friday July 19th at the Landmark Hotel, Ubungo, Dar es Salaam and attended by 70 people.
A climate café, which is an invention of NECJOGHA, is a public discourse on the weather, climate and climate services especially climate forecasting services from end user interaction. It brings together various stakeholders in climate related sectors including climate scientists, the media, climate related sector experts including academia, farmers, fishermen, livestock keepers and energy sector experts for vigorous exchange of information.
The café also give a chance for the media to rub shoulders and interact with the providers of climate information. This gives a chance to each party to iron out its differences with the other.
NECJOGHA is operational in 11 countries of Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda.
NECJOGHA with partners is conducting these climate cafes in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania under the Weather Wise project. The cafes are done in collaboration with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the respective countries and related climate impacted sectors.
Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) catapulted much of the café’s success, by delivering a well packaged presentation in a way most understandable to the participants who are literary the end-user, explaining complex but vital seasonal forecasts showing rain and wind distribution across Tanzania.
“TMA is like an eye, when we see something and like an eye does we don’t act. Other organs work towards executing that command, hence, same applies to us, we send information to other stakeholders across the chain, thus you are the most valuable part, the implementers,” Kikwasi explained.
TMA’s communications officer, Monica Mutoni, cemented the presentation by taking participants through question and answer session where participants each had questions for each other answered.
Dunstan Laurian, a horticulturist based in Dar es Salaam, picked key points to take back at his farm.
“I have learnt something. climate change issues will help me know about these things we talked about, what to plant and not through the seasons, so yes, the session has helped.”
Safina Harun Msemo said she had acquired new knowledge relevant to her daily activities.
“As a finance graduate, doing small-scale agriculture, I have connected what I need to do and need to know from this climate cafe, especially when and where, helping me in making decisive steps towards my watermelon farming.”
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