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Needs for agrometeorological solutions to farming problems

Last modified September 26, 2008 09:25

Here we have discussions on problems for which operational solutions with agrometeorological components are highly required, but not yet or incompletely available, or available but not applied. Here pre-publication information may be exchanged and experiences swapped on possible services, research, training/extension and policies related to food security, on-farm and market related. [Discuss items for this section with the President or the Vice-president.]

Insurer Sompo Japan Introduces National Green Purchasing System for Agencies — Last modified October 01, 2009 10:57
Among these commitments, attention is being especially focused on how a company takes advantage of its core business activities to develop CSR financing, such as "weather index insurance," a type of insurance designed to respond to the effects of climate change.
"Monsoon playing truant with us?" OR "We are playing truant with monsoon?" — Last modified July 16, 2009 10:34
FORUM FOR TROPICAL WATER; RELEASE NO: 10.
Cocoa and climate change: can the lame help the blind? — Last modified November 04, 2008 14:33
Climate change, this blind force acting with changing rainfall patterns and amounts, and with increasing temperatures, influences cocoa production most often negatively. In many places, with more and also more aggressive extreme events and higher climate variability as well, this becomes worse. Indeed, it appears as if in quite some places the vulnerability of cocoa production to adverse climatic conditions will be exacerbated (e.g. Anim-Kwapong and Frimpong, 2005). Definitely, that is, if no or too little action is taken.
Better Farming - Better Air: A scientific analysis of farming practice and greenhouse gases in Canada — Last modified July 27, 2009 09:44
A phrase taken from the concluding paragraph of this outstanding book sums up perfectly the spirit of the publication: we must restore the vision of “seeing our farmlands not as resources to be spent, but as a home in which we live, whether we reside there or not.” This statement is precisely in accord with what eminent American ecologist, forester and environmentalist Aldo Leopold wrote. He said, “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
Report on the project entitled “WMO-ANGRAU-DST sponsored Roving Seminars on Weather, Climate and Farmers” — Last modified February 19, 2008 15:34
The World Meteorological Organisation is promoting to organize a series of one day seminars for farmers in different regions of world.
How to organize coping with crop disease risck of farmers in poor countries — Last modified February 19, 2008 14:52
The paper below was presented by Kees Stigter on Tuesday 12 February at a “Review and Planning Workshop” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, of the Asian Pacific Network (APN) project “Climate and crop disease risk management: an international initiative in the Asia-Pacific Region”.
Services to face climate change in agriculture — Last modified October 17, 2007 09:16
Climate related disasters, seen as forced marriages between weather/climate hazards and vulnerabilities, need responses. Disaster risk mainstreaming, getting to deal with disasters as development issues, contains local preparedness measures (for what can’t be prevented), mitigation measures (to minimize consequences) and contingency measures (to counteract and temper consequences). But all these measures are forms of preparedness to reduce the impacts of disasters.
Between success and expansion: farmer field schools in north-east Bali — Last modified October 02, 2007 12:24
General failures have been reported among others from Indonesia, Vietnam and India of just making data and advisory information and research farm results etc. available upon request. Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) have become a new approach in getting relevant results from applied agricultural science actually used in services to and with farmers. This was successful in integrated pest management first, also in Indonesia (e.g. Stigter, 2007). Work in China shows that information services for rural people as well as their supporting technologies (such as means of communication) should always be differentiated according to occupation and income. Poverty alleviation will be served (Stigter et al., 2007).
Forecasting System Provides Flood Warnings to Vulnerable Residents of Bangladesh — Last modified August 06, 2007 12:55
I'm forwarding you an example of how a suitable and probably very good forecasting tool can't solve the problems of farmers and people in general inpoor countries as Bangladesh just like that, because they lack the neededpreparedness to make the best use of these forecasts. They have of coursereally done a good work.
Problems experienced with Small Farmer Groups extension in Nigeria — Last modified April 10, 2007 16:34
Below are conclusions drawn from recent papers by Yusuf Abdullahi et al. of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, where Kees Stigter was a visiting professor at the Department of Geography from 1991 – 1999 and Yusuf Abdullahi was at that time one of his supportive M.Sc.-students.
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