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Building Climate Resilience in Africa with Innovative U.S. Weather Technologies
USTDA is building sub‐Saharan Africa’s climate resilience by introducing new, American‐made weather service capabilities and early warning systems that protect lives and preserve agricultural sectors vulnerable to the impacts of major climate events .
 In 2015, USTDA hosted a reverse trade mission to the United States that connected decision makers from 16 sub-Saharan African countries with U.S. firms in the weather services sector. The visit included national meteorological and hydrological services agencies and other funding beneficiaries of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility. USTDA’s delegation met their counterparts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and through site visits across the United States witnessed first-hand the world-leading climate information technology services and best practices that American companies have to offer.
The visit contributed to multiple contracts for U.S. firms that are helping modernize weather forecasting systems and advancing climate resilience in sub-Saharan Africa. Maryland-based Earth Networks won contracts with UNDP programs in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda to supply lightning detection equipment and early warning services. The visit also led to the expansion of East Africa’s weather radar network through the procurement and installation of American-made systems that are strengthening rainfall forecasting and hazardous weather alerts. Collectively, these technologies provide the region with timely and accurate forecasting, protecting rain-fed agriculture and enhancing food security.
This collaboration with U.S. industry and sub-Saharan Africa illustrates USTDA’s decades of experience delivering quality, resilient infrastructure in cooperation with our overseas partners. USTDA’s efforts have also definitively strengthened the region’s capacity to adapt to severe weather and major climate events using U.S. technology.
“With the support of USTDA, Earth Networks built successful public-private partnerships that now bring much-needed critical weather information, forecasting, and alerts to one of the world’s most severe weather-prone regions, thereby saving lives and protecting livelihoods.”
Ari Davidov
Director of International Development, Earth Networks

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