BU geographer shows dual approach informs farmers’ decisions, yields better harvests
Its not enough just to let subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe know it will be a dry or wet growing season, says new research from a team led by Boston Universitys Anthony Patt. You should back up that information with opportunities for the farmers to meet together and ask questions about the forecasts. The studys findings could aid farmers in regions strongly influenced by large global climate variations such as those caused by El Niño and La Niña.
The teams model, coupling radio-delivered seasonal climate forecasts with participatory workshops for subsistence farmers, is the first to show that communication with farmers at a grassroots level helps them better understand and apply forecast information to their farming decisions. And better decisions on what to plant and when to plant and harvest means better yields, even in difficult years. The teams research is reported in this weeks issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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