The Local Technical Agroclimatic Committee (LTAC) or Mesas Tecnicas Agroclimaticas (MTA, in Spanish) are an innovative way for local stakeholders to be informed about the expected climatic variations in their region, and how these can affect their crops. LTAC approach allows open and inclusive dialogues about seasonal climate forecasts at multiple timescales, their effects on crops, measures to reduce potential crop losses, and providing agronomic recommendations to farmers.
Publications and data
Evidence and relevant datasets.
Funding and implementation partners
CCAFS and bilateral projects led by CIAT.
Ministries of Agriculture (Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Ecuador), Ministries of Environment (e.g. El Salvador), Producers’ associations (e.g. FEDEARROZ, FENALCE, ANACAFE, ASBAMA, CEDRO, among others), Meteorological Service Institutes (e.g. IDEAM, COPECO, INSIVUMEH, DMH, SMN Mexico, ETESA, CONAGUA), academy and research institutions (e.g. IRI, CUNORI, AGROSAVIA, CATIE), Subnational governments (e.g. GOBERNACION DE BOYACA), International cooperation (e.g. FAO, WFP, IFAD, USAID, TNC, HELVETAS).
At the core of the innovation are both state-of-the-art climate prediction and local knowledge, which combined through a participatory process allow producing tailored climate- and context-specific recommendations to enable agricultural decision making. LTACs thus create a unique, novel, and effective mechanism to connect climate information supply (by the Met. Offices) with demand (by farmers). CCAFS and CIAT developed the approach initially in Colombia, and now it has been adopted and adapted for several institutions across Latin America. Currently, the LTAC approach is being implemented in 9 countries across the region with 40 LTACs in place and involving over 200 local to national institutions. Monitoring and evaluation activities are being carried out to determine related outcomes and impacts due to its implementation.