People, clouds, and roots: Between the Unseen, the seen, and the unforeseen

Yunita T. Winarto, Sue Walker, Rhino Ariefiansyah

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Various studies reveal the paradox of farmers' local knowledge. Farmers are equipped with traditional cosmology and detailed empirical knowledge of their agricultural habitats. However, these same knowledge frameworks seem to contribute to entrapping farmers in a mind-set that prevents them from understanding the diverse unintended consequences of changes in their environment. To avoid this, we utilize the learning arena of science field shops (SFSs) to help farmers better understand the relationships at work from the "clouds to the roots and in between", and to address ongoing changes and vulnerabilities in the environment. This article seeks to explain the changes that occurred to farmers following the learning they acquired from SFSs and its impact on their anticipation and decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-250
Number of pages15
JournalNature and Culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Agrometeorological learning
  • Climate change
  • Enriching farmers' schema
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary educational commitment
  • Science field shops


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