Technical Challenges

COF products are still general. Some questions are still unanswered:

■ Is it appropriate to plant at all, based on the given seasonal forecast scenario?

■ Which kinds of crops and varieties will be suited for a specific season and for a specific location?

■ When should farmers plant? and what is the optimum planting density based on the nature of the upcoming season?

The users' knowledge of the uncertainties of the probability forecast is still low. The providers of the information need to make further efforts to help decision-makers better understand the uncertainty of the information. The language of the current forecast is too technical and not user friendly. These factors impede the mainstreaming of the information into decision-making and routine regional and national development planning activities.

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