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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.]

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.
Some interesting questions appeared in some interesting agrometeorology papers in Part one of the Proceedings of the Manitoba Agronomists Conference 2006 — Last modified March 14, 2007 22:45
Some interesting questions appeared in some interesting agrometeorology papers in Part one of the Proceedings of the Manitoba Agronomists Conference 2006.
Manitoba Not Yielding To Climate Change? — Last modified March 12, 2007 22:53
As a reaction to my March 2007 homepage, Doug Wilcox wrote that indeed there is no place for complacency. That would be dangerous even in Manitoba where early climate change appears not yet to have had great influence on yields.
On farm testing of designs of new cropping systems will serve indonesian farmers — Last modified January 16, 2007 13:25
In the Guide to Agricultural Meteorological Practices bound to be published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) next year, S. Venkataraman and co-authors indicate that rice is the most important staple food grain of 50% of the world’s population. Nearly 80% of the rice is produced in Asia. India and China have the largest and second largest area of the crop. China and India are the largest and second largest producers of rice accounting for about 30% and 20% respectively of global production. However, only 5% of the total global production of rice enters international trade. Thus, for many countries national self-sufficiency is the crux of the matter in rice production.
Participatory rice research: An entry point for crop diversification — Last modified August 12, 2006 13:22
This simple example of handling farmers’ problems can be seen as applicable to agrometeorological services as well. Part of the poverty-alleviation rationale for the participatory research is that improved production will give farmers greater flexibility in their use of land and labor.
The woes of Kilimanjaro — Last modified May 15, 2006 17:54
The fabled glaciers on Tanzania's majestic mountain will soon be gone. Its forests are disappearing, too. For local farmers, this could mean disaster. For the rest of us, it's another unbearable loss
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