What is Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF

Since 1996, an innovative process known as the Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF) has been running in many parts of the world aimed at providing consensus seasonal climate outlook and guidance to reduce climate-related risks in support of sustainable development efforts of the specific regions. RCOFs were initiated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS) project in collaboration with National Meterological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), regional institutions and other international organizations. The first meeting was held in 1996 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. RCOFs gained momentum as a regional response to the major 1997–1998 El Niño event, with the first Southern Africa Climate Outlook forum in September 1997. The first Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF1) was organized by the Drought Monitoring Centre (DMC), now called IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in Nairobi, Kenya for the March to May (MAM) 1998 rainfall season in February 1998. The main goal of RCOFs is to provide consensus regional seasonal climate outlooks for applications in key socioeconomic sectors in support of resilience building for sustainable development. ICPAC in collaboration with partners has so far convened Forty Nine GHACOFs. GHACOF 50 also commemorates twenty (20) years of organization of Climate Outlook Forums.

The Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 53)

The Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook (GHACOF 53) to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 26 to 28 August 2019. The theme of the forum will be
“Early warning for Early Action in support of Climate resilience”

The forum is organized by The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners are jointly organizing. It will be held within the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socio-economic sectors for sustainable development. Key regional user specific workshops including Agriculture and Food Security, Water Resources, Energy, Health, Marine and Oceanography, Media, Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) and Disaster Risk Management will be organized during the forum. The forum will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development partners, decision-makers, and civil society stakeholders among others.
GHACOF 53 Announcement


The key stakeholders include the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), namely: Institut Géographique du Burundi, Agence National de la Météorologie de Djibouti, Eritrea Meteorological Service, National Meteorological Services Agency of Ethiopia, Kenya Meteorological Department, Rwanda Meteorological Agency, Somalia Meteorological Service, South Sudan Meteorological Service, Sudan Meteorological Authority, Tanzania Meteorological Agency, Uganda National Meteorological Authority, and international partner organizations such as WMO, African Development Bank, World Bank, WISER, WMO Global Producing Centres of long-range forecasts and World Bank among others.


The main objectives of GHACOF 50 will be to:
  • Formulate mitigation strategies for key socio-economic sectors in the GHA region based on the consensus seasonal forecast
  • Follow up on the implementation of proposed mitigation measures proposed in GHACOF 52;
  • Review lessons/experiences from the use of the products provided during GHACOF 52;
  • Develop consensus regional climate outlook for the October to December 2019 season;
  • Provide a regional interaction platform for decision makers, climate scientists, research scientists as well as users of climate information.


The forum is open to all stakeholders including climate scientists from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, farmers, universities, research institutions and regional and international organizations engaged in climate prediction and applications as well as users from various socio-economic sectors. Regional and international, Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations will also be present.


Participants are expected to sponsor themselves. However, there will be limited sponsorship for some needy cases. The conference package will be covered by ICPAC for all registered participants.