ICIMOD is developing an integrated information platform linking weather and climate
data with agriculture practices in the region. The platform provides data analysis
support to professionals responsible for developing agro-met advisories for
government agencies and farmers. The web-based service on the National agricultural
drought watch for Nepal has been developed in collaboration with Ministry of
Agriculture and Livestock Development and ICIMOD under the SERVIR Hindu Kush
Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative. It provides information on the in-season drought
situation and outlook. It provides baselines on crop type maps and farming practices
calendars valid at the district level, and multiple indices evapotranspiration,
precipitation rate, standardized precipitation index, soil moisture, and temperature
for droughts and seasonal weather outlooks at the national and regional levels.
These can inform short- to medium-term agro-advisories. Users can already explore
historical time-series data on the five indices over 18 years aggregated in decadal,
monthly, and quarterly sets. The system provides 9 months forecast for various
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