ACToday (Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow)

Lead PI: Dr. Walter E. Baethgen , Dr. Lisa Goddard

Unit Affiliation: International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

November 2017 - June 2022
Africa ; South America ; Asia ; Central America ; Guatemala ; Colombia ; Africa ; Senegal ; Ethiopia ; Asia ; Bangladesh ; Vietnam
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: ACToday seeks to transform the way that climate knowledge and information is brought to bear on the challenges of hunger, food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. It fosters the use of climate services as a means to create a tangible impact on the food systems of six target countries; in doing so, it both improves the lives of people in these target countries and generates evidence of good practice in research translation that can help guide national and international partners to adopt appropriate solutions to the wide range of challenges posed by climate variability and change beyond the six target countries.


Columbia World Projects


Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO); Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN); Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI); School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); Mailman School of Public Health; NASA GISS, Data Science Institute


CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health; Harvest Plus; CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security; World Food Programme; Food and Agriculture Organization; Inter-American Development Bank; World Bank



agriculture decision support services climate and society climate services climate adaptation prediction climate risk risk monitoring and forecasting agricultural production climate change remote sensing food security index insurance crop production seasonal to subseasonal forecasting


Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate


Country lead for Colombia Ángel G. Muñoz discusses the launch of NextGen in Colombia as well as the future of NextGen and ACToday.


Apr 25, 2022

Crowdsourcing to Build Better Insurance

In order to offer protective insurance to greater numbers of smallholder farmers, in 2021, the ACToday project began testing mobile crowdsourcing apps that tap into the experiences and memories of farmers themselves.

Apr 20, 2022

ACToday Empowers National Meteorological Services

As part of its goal to increase food security in six countries, the ACToday project has helped develop new climate services that lead to better agricultural decision making.

Apr 19, 2022

The Climate-Nutrition Connection in Food Security

In early 2021, ACToday, Cheikh Anta Diop University and Senegal’s national meteorological service organized a three-hour webinar to launch discussions about connections between climate and nutrition.

Apr 13, 2022

How ACToday Builds a Global Community of Climate-Trained Decision Makers

In the last year, project members trained more than 1,600 professionals and graduate students on integrating climate knowledge into food planning and policy, to help combat hunger.

Nov 03, 2021

Why COP26 Matters

An interview with Mélody Braun, whose work helps farmers and policy makers implement climate adaptation and management strategies.

Sep 03, 2021

Insurance Tools for Climate Adaptation: Q&A with Rahel Diro

Diro is an expert on index-based insurance, a proven way to help farmers cover some of the financial losses caused by drought and other weather extremes that damage their crops.

May 18, 2021

Columbia Institute to Be Key Partner in New World Bank-funded Climate Resilience Project

The Accelerating the Impact of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa project will help farmers anticipate and prepare for destructive climate-related events.

May 13, 2021

Video: From Farm to Training in Bangladesh

A project that gives farmers access to climate information can help them implement management strategies that protect their fish and other crops.

May 12, 2021

John Furlow Named Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Furlow joined IRI in 2017 with the goal of better connecting the institute’s research to the real-world challenges facing developing countries.

Apr 22, 2021

Report: 2020-2021 Highlights from the ACToday Columbia World Project

The project remains focused on its goal of combating hunger by increasing climate knowledge in six countries.