Flooding is a rapidly growing concern in West Africa, projected to increase with climate change. Several floods have occurred in recent years with severe consequences including loss of lives, displacements, disruption to public services, destroyed homes, damaged infrastructure, and delayed transportation. Hence, there is an urgent need for improved flood management in the region. 

Access to operational forecasts and alerts is a critical component in this endeavour. FANFAR is an EU-financed project that co-designs, co-adapts, and co-operates a pilot short- and medium-term hydrological forecasting and alert system for West Africa. It aims to provide key stakeholders with reliable and timely access to operational forecasts and alerts enabled by a robust forecast production system adapted to regional conditions and operated by West African institutions.

FANFAR enhances the capacity of West African institutions
to forecast, alert for and manage floods.

Photo of a road during a severe flooding situation in Ivory Coast in September 2018. Courtesy: Edouard Ouattara.
The operational forecasting chain used in FANFAR. Each day a new hydrological forecast is produced and distributed to enable productive applications in West Africa.

Read more about the background, objectives, approach and organisation of the FANFAR project.


Find out more about the partners of the FANFAR consortium.

News & events

2nd FANFAR workshop

The 2nd FANFAR workshop is in preparation and will take place at the AngeHill Hotel in Accra, Ghana on 9-12…
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Kick Off meeting

The kick off meeting of the FANFAR project took place in Norrköping, Sweden on 17-19 January 2018. All partners joined…
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1st FANFAR workshop

The first users FANFAR workshop took place in Niamey, Niger on  17-20 September 2018. SMHI and the AGRHYMET Regional Center…
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