2020 annual report of the climate risk & early warning systems

2020 will be remembered as a year that revealed some important truths for a young CREWS Initiative — but ones that should embolden us. COVID-19 did impact work and timelines. It will continue to do so for some time still. The global travel ban tested our business model. Our national and regional partners, supported by implementing partners — the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) — showed resilience and creativity in finding solutions to a new reality. They also took on greater ownership and responsibilities on project activities in a challenging year. As this 2020 Annual Report shows, there was progress in work and achievements. Not least finding that agro-met services for pilot communities in Burkina Faso had led to significantly increased crop yields and profits two years running which farmers had ploughed back into education, health and enterprise.