‘Nurturance’ and ‘trust’ are two important aspects that have not been considered seriously in Indonesian state programmes that relate to transferring knowledge and technology to local people. As a result, their effectiveness in producing lifelong learning among farmers remains unknown. This article examines the inclusion of these two aspects in a climate-sensitive extension approach to interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaboration between scientists and farmers. The arena of this collaboration, ‘Science Field Shops’ (SFSs, Warung Ilmiah Lapangan), is based on a dialogical knowledge exchange between all parties involved in assisting farmers to improve their capacity to anticipate the consequences of increasing climate variability. Farmers are being engaged as researchers and active learners in developing their own agrometeorological learning. This article examines the extent to which ‘nurturance’ and ‘trust’ have been influential in establishing and institutionalising the SFSs in different farming communities in Indonesia. In contrast, nurturance and trust are barely to be found in any government agricultural programme. This article also discusses the challenges the scientists faced in their efforts to build collaboration with government agencies.
- Agrometeorological learning
- Science Field Shops (Warung Ilmiah Lapangan)
- building trust
- climate-sensitive extension approach
- inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration