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Use of Climate Information for Rice Farming in Indonesia

  • Riga AnggarendraEmail author
  • Cometta S. Guritno
  • Mrinila Singh
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Abstract

Rice plays a significant role in Indonesia. It is a staple food of the country and has strategic importance for food security. Rice productivity is highly influenced by climate and its variability. As planting time is one of the most affecting factors, providing correct information for farmers at the right time is critical for successful rice farming. The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has developed a tool called “Integrated Cropping Calendar System (KATAM)” to support in increasing food production and helping farmers to adapt to the changing climate. KATAM provides useful information, such as the prediction on appropriate planting time, and recommendation on types of rice variety and fertilizer to be used. It also contains information on potential climate-related hazards, such as floods and droughts, which will help farmers to minimize climate risks. However, farmers are often unaware of this tool. This chapter addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with communication of KATAM with rice farmers in Indonesia. In this relation, it also describes an intermediary role of agricultural extension workers and the government initiative “Climate Field School.”

Keywords

Climate change adaptation Rice farming Climate information Cropping calendar Agricultural extension workers Climate field school 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riga Anggarendra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cometta S. Guritno
    • 1
  • Mrinila Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.JICA Project of Capacity Development for Climate Change Strategies in IndonesiaJakartaIndonesia
  2. 2.Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC)Hiroshima UniversityHiroshimaJapan

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