The seven-day training-cum-symposium discussed climate change and climate variability and the related challenges in agriculture, natural resource management and the subsequent social and economic well-being of associated communities. The training consisted of two parts: (1) A three-day training activity in the area of climate, crop, disease and pest modeling, thus building on the outputs of the original APN project; and (2) A four-day international symposium on “Climate Risk and Agricultural Management” which focused on information exchange and regional priority setting. A combination training-symposium is jointly supported by the APN, AusAID International Seminar Support Scheme and Crawford Fund. It involved 11 participating countries and two organisations (WMO and ICRISAD). The project identified that there have been improvements in understanding, analysis and forecasting climate variability, data, and developments in climate change. However, there is a need to formulate new concepts to introduce to the community and apply on a wider scale. A methodology to deal with such challenge was identified.