Climatic Change

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 255–271

Using Traditional Methods and Indigenous Technologies for Coping With Climate Variability

  • C. J. Stigter
  • Zheng Dawei
  • L. O. Z. Onyewotu
  • Mei Xurong

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-005-5949-5

Cite this article as:
Stigter, C.J., Dawei, Z., Onyewotu, L.O.Z. et al. Climatic Change (2005) 70: 255. doi:10.1007/s10584-005-5949-5


In agrometeorology and management of meteorology related natural resources, many traditional methods and indigenous technologies are still in use or being revived for managing low external inputs sustainable agriculture (LEISA) under conditions of climate variability. This paper starts with the introduction of an “end-to-end” climate information build up and transfer system in agrometeorology, in which the use of such methods and technologies must be seen to operate. It then reviews the options that LEISA farmers have in risk management of agrometeorological and agroclimatological calamities. This is based on the role that the pertinent meteorological/climatological parameters and phenomena play as limiting factors in agricultural production and the expectations on their variability. Subsequently, local case studies are given as examples of preparedness strategies to cope with i). variable water/moisture flows, including mechanical impacts of rain and/or hail, ii). variable temperature and heat flows, including fires, and iii). fitting cropping periods to the varying seasons, everywhere including related phenomena as appropriate. The paper ends with a series of important additional considerations without which the indicated strategies cannot be successful on a larger scale and in the long run.

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Stigter
    • 1
  • Zheng Dawei
    • 2
  • L. O. Z. Onyewotu
    • 3
  • Mei Xurong
    • 4
  1. 1.TTMI/African Network & Asian PMP Liaison OfficeWageningen UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.College of Resources and EnvironmentChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingP.R. China
  3. 3.TTMI-Project, Kano out-stationForestry Research Institute of NigeriaKanoNigeria
  4. 4.Center for Water Resources and Conservation TechnologiesChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingP.R. China