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Supporting farmers’ adaptive capacity and learning with scientific knowledge: insights from Australia and Indonesia

05/09/2019 at 12:15 - 13:15

This presentation by Julie Ingram introduces concepts and examples of how farmers’ adaptive capacity and learning can be effectively supported with scientific knowledge.

Although the A(K)IS framework emphasis linkages between different subsystems (traditionally research, extension and farming) the issue of bridging the gap between science and practice persist. Against this background, multiple concepts and examples of collaborative approaches, which aim to integrate the benefits of farmer-led and science–led innovations, are available.

Experiences from two contrasting contexts (Australia and Indonesia) are presented which show differing approaches for supporting farmer decision-making and adaptation with scientific input. In the northern grain growing regions of Australia, characterised by seasonal rainfall uncertainty, farmers are seeking support in making investment and agronomic decisions in this high risk environment. Here crop models have been effectively developed into learning tools in a participatory way with farmers and advisers. In Java ‘Science Field Shops’ promote farmers’ agrometeorological learning, enabling them to adapt their farming activities to cope with increasing climate variability and specifically the delay in the onset of rainy season in strong El Nino years.  In both examples, intensive researcher involvement has been a key factor in achieving learning and adaptation support, raising the wider question of resources required for upscaling such collaborative approaches.

The seminar will take place on the Francis Close Hall campus in room HC 207.


12:15 - 13:15
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