As part of the scoping for the design of the Climate and Information Services for Africa programme (CIASA), this report provides a short literature review on user needs, gaps and potential intervention options. It adopts the structure of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS, see Section 1) with individual sections on ‘Users’, ‘User Interface Platforms (UIPs)’, ‘Climate Services Information Systems’, ‘Observations and Monitoring’, ‘Research, Modelling and Prediction’ and ‘Capacity Development’. Results highlight social and economic benefits for investing in climate services, where weather and climate information has supported communities. Examples include preparing for floods and help making a range of agricultural decisions.
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