The main aim of DEWFORA is to reduce vulnerability and strengthen preparedness to droughts in Africa by advancing drought forecasting, early warning and mitigation practices. To this aim, a framework for monitoring, predicting, timely warning and responding to droughts at the seasonal time scale will be developed, applicable within the institutional context of African countries. At longer time scales, the project will also contribute to improve the identification of vulnerable regions taking into account the increased hazard due to climate change, and develop feasible adaptation measures.

The specific objectives of DEWFORA are:

To assess the existing capacities in Africa in terms of drought monitoring, forecasting and warning, and identify constraints and opportunities for improvement. To enhance drought monitoring methods through improved drought indicators that integrate drought hazard and vulnerability in a risk based approach, and to understand the relationship between drought hazard and vulnerability in the current climate and how this will change as a result of climate change. To increase the performance of methods used for forecasting droughts in Africa by implementing state-of-the-art in (seasonal) meteorological, hydrological and agricultural forecasting, and by adopting and adapting methods used in Europe, Australia and the US. To improve early warning of droughts through identification of appropriate thresholds for initiation of mitigation activities, and establishing mitigation and adaptation strategies to increase resilience to drought at seasonal and longer time scales.

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