In March 2023, a dedicated team from Weather Impact embarked on a mission to Bangladesh, marking a pivotal moment in the S2S4Agri project. The project’s centerpiece, a Sub-seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) forecasting system, had been meticulously developed, providing farmers with vital weather forecasts extending up to four weeks into the future. This journey was driven by the objective of training professionals from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in the application of our newly developed S2S forecasting system, which was officially unveiled during this visit.
The training week was characterized by an atmosphere of enthusiasm, as participants delved into the intricacies of S2S theory, gained proficiency in the Python programming language, and honed their skills in forecast validation methods. As a culmination of this knowledge-sharing endeavor, a collaborative workshop convened, bringing together members of BMD and DAE. This workshop served as a platform for the formulation and presentation of agronomical advice, underpinned by the latest forecasts generated by the S2S system.
The highlight of this eventful week was the official launch of the S2S forecasting system. This momentous occasion garnered extensive coverage on national television and various online journalism platforms. Attendees expressed their overwhelming positivity regarding this groundbreaking development, recognizing its potential impact not only on agriculture but also across a spectrum of other sectors.
In summary, this mission to Bangladesh marked a resounding success, underscoring the pioneering efforts of Weather Impact in collaboration with BMD and DAE. As we look ahead, the final visit scheduled for September promises to mark the successful conclusion of the S2S4Agri project, a testament to the transformative power of sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting in shaping a resilient and informed agricultural landscape.