This week, the Jameel Observatory Climate Resilience Early Warning System Network (Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet) is undertaking an innovation sprint at the 2023 summit of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C). The aim is to enhance climate action by accelerating agriculture and food systems innovation and investment.

Simulated tropical cyclone tracks passing through Bangladesh. Source:

A new programme of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Community Jameel, the Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet aims to empower communities worldwide, specifically within the agriculture sector, to adapt to climate shocks by combining state-of-the-art climate and socioeconomic forecasting techniques with technological solutions to support communities’ resilience and by launching collaborations across the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.

Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet will initially pilot in Bangladesh and Sudan, working with BRAC in Bangladesh, the Agricultural Research Corporation of Sudan and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Using local climate insights, communities will be empowered to adapt proactively to climate change by optimally planning their agricultural activities, targeting emergent economic opportunities and proactively managing risks from climate change.

Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet seeks to bridge the gap between the knowledge about climate change created at research institutions such as MIT and the local farming communities that are adapting to the impacts of climate change. By effectively informing and engaging local communities, the project seeks to enable farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural productivity and income.

This new programme joins the existing Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action as the second major initiative forming the Jameel Observatory.

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