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Extension Agrometeorology as the Answer to Stakeholder Realities: Response Farming and the Consequences of Climate Change

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Author(s): Kees Stigter | Yunita T. Winarto | Emmanuel Ofori | Gugulethu Zuma-Netshiukhwi | Durton Nanja | Sue Walker

Journal: Atmosphere
ISSN 2073-4433

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 237;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: changing climate | response farming | extension agrometeorology | Indonesia | Ghana | South Africa | Zambia

ABSTRACT
Extension agrometeorology is applied in agrometeorological extension work to advice and serve farmers. In agrometeorology, response farming has been developed decades ago. Climate change complicates response farming, but does not alter it. This paper reports on new operationalization of that response farming in new educational commitments in agroclimatology. It is explained how “Science Field Shops” are an example in Indonesia. This was based on a thorough analysis of what climate change means for farmers in Asia. For Africa, we report on eying the training of agrometeorological extension trainers (“product intermediaries”) in West Africa, based on a thorough analysis of what climate change means for farmers in Africa. We also compare experience with reaching farmers in South Africa and farmer communities in Zambia, as new forms of supporting response farming, all under conditions of a changing climate. The paper, for the first time, connects results from four different programs the senior author is taking part in. There is first and foremost the need for training material to make it possible for the product intermediaries to participate in training extension intermediaries. This should, particularly, bring new knowledge to farmers. With what is presently available and with new approaches, climate extension should be developed and tested with farmers in ways that improve farmer preparedness and decision making.
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