Agrometeorological learning increasing farmers’ knowledge in coping with climate change and unusual risks

Yunita T. Winarto, Kees Stigter, Bimo Dwisatrio, Merryna Nurhaga, Anom Bowolaksono

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Enriching farmers’ knowledge of the risks and consequences of climate change is the most promising strategy to better assist them. Nevertheless, we have to bear in mind that people filter and absorb scientific knowledge through pre-existing cultural models and aspirations for desired outcomes. The severe pest/disease outbreaks during the La-Niña periods of 2009 and 2010/2011, and the unpreparedness of farmers in many places in Java, was a timely opportunity for many parties to reflect seriously on the deficiencies in our approaches and facilitations. Our inter-disciplinary collaboration proved successful in strengthening and enriching farmers’ knowledge by bringing agrometeorological thinking and knowledge, based on scientific ideas, premises, and methods, to local people who had their own “ethnoscience.” This benefits farmers over an extended period and until the public extension intermediaries have been sufficiently trained. Our suggestions are: assisting farmers to discover their own vulnerability issues through continuous dialogues and knowledge exchange in “Science/Climate Field Shops,” and the measurement of rainfall and the observation of weather and climate implications for fields and crops in a standardized way as the basis of an improved Climate Field School. To that end the training of public extension intermediaries is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-349
Number of pages27
JournalSoutheast Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Agrometeorological learning
  • Coping better with climate change
  • Inter-disciplinary approach
  • Science/Climate Field Shops
  • Strengthening farmers’ knowledge
  • Trans-disciplinary collaborative research


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