Climate is the biggest individual driver of production variability in agriculture, and accounts for one-third to two-thirds of annual global crop yield variability. Over two decades, the Managing Climate Variability Program (MCV) has been the lead research and development program in Australia for providing climate knowledge to primary producers and natural resource managers. We give them better forecasts, practical climate tools and products, as well as case studies of people who are incorporating climate risk information into their business decisions. The aim has been to help primary producers and natural resource managers manage the risks, and exploit the opportunities, resulting from Australia’s variable and changing climate, by:
- improving the accuracy of forecasting on timeframes of value for primary production
- providing climate information and tools for managing climate risk
- increasing knowledge and confidence to adopt climate risk management.
Our latest funding period (MCV V) runs 2016–20.