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Making Smallholder Farming Climate-smart

Integrated Agrometeorological Services

The authors are grateful to an anonymous reviewer whose comments helped improve the article.

Climate change is accompanied by increasing weather uncertainty. Farmers, especially smallholder farmers, need advance warning of emergent weather conditions at a local level. Mobile telecommunication systems are increasingly cost-effective and an efficient way of delivering weather-based agro-advisories to farmers at a large scale. Agrometeorological services facilitate flexible, weather-based agriculture planning and help build evidence and capacities of communities, technical and developmental agencies to plan and implement climate-adaptive responses. The relevance and innovativeness of multi-institutional collaboration lies in the institutional, technical and pedagogical strategy adopted which offers important lessons on how agrometeorological services can be organised to make smallholder farming climate-resilient on a larger scale.

Crispino Lobo (cslobo1@gmail.com) is co-founder and managing trustee, Watershed Organisation Trust. N Chattopadhyay (nabansu.nc@ gmail.com) is Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Agricultural Meteorology Division), India Meteorological Department, Pune. K V Rao (kvrao@crida.in) is Principal Scientist, Division of Resource Management, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad.

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