The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) hosted a Training of Trainers of Climate Field Schools for Asia Pacific countries from 26 to 29 August. It was attended by participants from eight countries in the region and supported by WMO.
The purpose of the “Learning by Doing” session was to share the experience of Indonesia in implementing the Climate Field School program with other countries in the Asia Pacific region in order to support food security programs in their countries.
The training of trainers session focused on techniques on how to convey complex climatic information in an easy to understand language for farmers and extension workers. This will improve the capability of farmers to make informed decisions about their agricultural activities especially during planting.
The main objective of the Climate Field School is transform technical climate information into practical language for farmers and thus improve access to, and use of, climate information services. Its user outreach approach is in line with the aims of the Global Framework of Climate Services (GFCS), which seeks to bring together providers and users of climate services.
The World Meteorological Organization is looking for ways to expand this approach to other regions.
The Chairman of BMKG, Dr. Andi Eka Sakya, Chief of WMO’s Agrometeorology Division, Robert Stefanski, and the Director of Indonesia Agency for Agricultural Research and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Dedi Nursyamsi, addressed the opening session.
During the training session, Indonesian experts provided lectures and hands-on exercises on cloud and rain formation processes, the introduction of simple meteorological instruments, indigenous knowledge on farming, crop calendars and site visits. Participants visited a Climate Field School stage 3 in process with 25 farmers in the Banten Province. In this stage farmers need to plant, adjust their planting calendar and decide proper types of commodities of the planting based on their understanding on their local climate characteristics The concept of the Climate Field School stage 3 is for experts from BMKG and the Ministry of Agricultural to meet with the farmers every 10 days to discuss specific topics during a three-month period from planting till harvesting session.
Participants from Lao Democratic People’s Republic, the Philippines, Laos, Philipines, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Vanuatu and 10 participants from Indonesia attended the training session. It was held at the Regional Training Centre in Bogor Citeko.