Indonesian Climate Field School Supports Food Security

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) hosted a “Learning by Doing” training of trainers Climate Field School from 26 to 29 August.

The purpose was for Indonesia to share its experiences in implementing the Climate Field School with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The training focused on techniques for conveying complex climatic information to farmers and extension workers in easy to understand language in order to improve their capability to make informed decisions about agricultural activities, especially during planting.

During the training session, participants visited a Stage Three Climate Field School in progress with 25 farmers in the Banten Province. In Stage Three, farmers need to plant, adjust their planting calendar and decide on the proper types of produce to plant based on their understanding of their local climate characteristics. Stage Three lasts for three-months, from planting to harvesting, during which experts from BMKG and the Ministry of Agricultural meet with the farmers every 10 days to discuss specific topics.

Participants represented Indonesia, Lao Democratic People’s Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vanuatu. The Climate Field School user outreach approach, which WMO aims to expand to other regions, is in line with the goals of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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