Making Smallholder Farming Climate-smart
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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Principal Scientist, Division of Resource Management, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad.
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