Co-designing Climate Services for Agriculture – reflecting on successes, setbacks and early lessons learned

Fleming, Aysha, Fielke, Simon, Jakku, Emma, Malakar, Yuwan, Snow, Stephen, Dickson, Stephanie, Hay, Rachel, Prakash, Mahesh, Tijs, Sigrid, and Cornish, Gillian (2023) Co-designing Climate Services for Agriculture – reflecting on successes, setbacks and early lessons learned. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 19 (2). pp. 24-34.

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Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) is a program of work that aims to improve the use of long-term (out to 2070) climate projections to adapt Australian agriculture to climate change. The large, federally funded project aims to incorporate co-design with users to assure relevance and useability of the tool. Based on 99 interviews with farmers, advisors and researchers, this perspective paper outlines some of the successes arising from different efforts to incorporate co-design into the project. These include design of different forms of engagement to maximise adoption and internal processes to encourage interdisciplinary project innovation. We also outline some of the lessons learned through these efforts. We suggest co-design should include objective setting and problem framing with stakeholders before the project starts, and that co-development and co-delivery can still work even if co-design of objectives comes too late. The findings demonstrate the importance of ensuring the objectives underpinning co-design and co-development are outcome driven and relevant to user needs to improve adoption.

Item ID: 82647
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2204-8766
Keywords: climate projections, climate adaptation, Australian agriculture, climate advice
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2024 06:29
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300202 Agricultural land management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 26 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 2601 Environmentally sustainable plant production > 260199 Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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