Complying with farmers’ conditions and needs using new weather and climate information approaches and technologies

  • C. J. Stigter
  • Tan Ying
  • H. P. Das
  • Zheng Dawei
  • R. E. Rivero Vega
  • Nguyen Van Viet
  • N. I. Bakheit
  • Y. M. Abdullahi


The preparatory note of this Workshop (WMO/CAgM 2005) gives six specific objectives of the Workshop. Others will deal with identification and assessment of the components of farmers’ agrometeorological coping strategies with risks and uncerainties, discuss the major challenges to these coping strategies (e.g. Rathore and Stigter 2007), review the opportunities that farmers have, to cope with agrometeorological risks and uncertainties, and provide examples. In this paper we particularly discuss and recommend suitable policy and policy support options to comply with farmers’ conditions and needs that determine their vulnerabilities as well as their windows of opportunity. This includes the role of weather and climate information approaches and information technologies and whether new approaches and technologies have roles to play. If this is the case we should find out what determines the scope of the application of such developments. We belong to the schools that want to make a plea for achieving a “culture of disaster preparedness” (e.g. Sikka 2001; Rathore and Stigter 2007) and we feel that the term “risk management” should be abandoned for all but the richest farmers (Sahni and Ariyabandu 2003). The key-word in preparedness is not “management” but “resilience” (e.g. Reijntjes 2001; Björnsen and Gurung 2001). An analysis of farmers’ agroecological resistance to drought in Africa and to hurricanes/cyclones in Central America and India indicated independently that resilience has a social as well as a technical dimension (ILEIA 2000; Holt-Gimenez 2001; Stigter et al. 2003).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Stigter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tan Ying
    • 3
  • H. P. Das
    • 4
  • Zheng Dawei
    • 5
  • R. E. Rivero Vega
    • 6
  • Nguyen Van Viet
    • 7
  • N. I. Bakheit
    • 8
  • Y. M. Abdullahi
    • 9
  1. 1.Agromet Vision and INSAMBruchemThe Netherlands
  2. 2.BondowosoIndonesia
  3. 3.College of Humanity and Development, Department of Media and CommunicationChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Agrimet DivisionIndia Meteorological DepartmentPune 5India
  5. 5.Department of Agricultural Meteorology College of Resources and EnvironmentChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.Meteorological Centre of Camagöey ProvinceCamagöeyCuba
  7. 7.Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology Ministry of Natural Resources and EnvironmentAgrometeorological Research CentreHanoiViet Nam
  8. 8.Faculty of AgricultureSinnar UniversityAbu Naama, SinnarSudan
  9. 9.National Agricultural Extension and Rural Living ServicesAhmadu Bello UniversityZariaNigeria

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