Extension Agrometeorology in Iran.

C.J. Stigter

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Extension agrometeorology may be defined as that agrometeorology that attends to (i) local suffering from weather and climate and persistent ways to diminish it and (ii) windows of opportunity that (micro)climate offers “on farm”. For both approaches, a combination of local innovations and scientific understanding must be used, in a participatory approach. This should lead to the establishment of agrometeorological services by and with farmers and means first and foremost field work with farmers. To carry it out, we will have to make use of new educational commitments as “Climate Field Shops”, Climate Field Schools/Classes and Agrometeorological Extension Training. These all ask for institutionalization of scientists listening to farmers and training and working with extension agents. To presently remain on the road to sustainable agriculture, in agricultural and social sciences we should, among others, care for policies of establishing and supporting a rural response to climate change and of institutionalization of that response. In the mentioned new educational commitments we should discuss with farmers the local consequences of climate change that they experience. Extension agrometeorology should join hands with other extension fields to mobilize production and protection forces in a multi-functional agricultural production. Trees outside forests should play an important role in such production and protection functions where they can be well established Prologue. 3 pp. Part I: Agrometeorology and extension agrometeorology: definitions, consequences and use. 10 pp. Part II. Pitfalls in extension agrometeorology: Examples from drought, wind erosion and desertification warnings and combating. 10 pp. Part III. Reaching farmers: agrometeorological services in a “farmers first paradigm” and attitudes towards clients. 9 pp. Part IV. Institutionalization of educational extension commitments: Climate Field Shops and Climate Field Classes/Schools for the establishment of agroclimatic services using locally developed agrometeorological products. 8 pp.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTeheran, Iran
PublisherAgromet Vision, The Netherlands and Indonesia
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventPart of a course for extension intermediaries in Iran -
Duration: 7 Dec 201110 Dec 2011


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