Climate outlook for the Horn of Africa

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) brings together climate scientists, climate information users, experts, decision-makers from various socio-economic sectors, and governmental and civil society organisations. Thrice a year, it develops a regional consensus on the climate outlook (for March–May, June–August and Sept–Dec). It then reviews the implications for climate-sensitive sectors in the region, such as crop farming and pastoralism, and designs mitigation strategies.

The 41st GHACOF was held in August 2015 in Tanzania. Over 150 scientists and climate information users from the region were involved in developing the seasonal forecast for Sept–Dec 2015 and reviewing the implications. For example, FAO South Sudan formulated some key messages about the forecast for this country.

For CELEP members and partners interested in rainfall forecasts for this and other pastoralist areas in the Horn of Africa, see

Posted on 11 September 2015 in News, Pastoralism & Climate Change