Farmers have important knowledge about weather and environmental change: Parts I and II

    | May 13, 2013

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    Today, much of the world depends on technologies such as satellites to predict the weather, and to provide warnings of drought, flooding, or extreme weather events. But there is also a place for traditional knowledge which has been handed down through generations to help people monitor changes in the weather. Some call these traditional early warning signs “old wives’ tales” and are quick to discredit them. But farmers in dry areas have ways of reading signs in their environment that predict weather patterns such as drought. These signs have helped them make decisions to ensure their own food security and survival.

    You might wish to find out about traditional weather and climate indicators which are used in your region as early warnings for low rainfall and drought. You could share these with your listeners in creative formats. This week’s script is a two-part drama that shares information about traditional ways of forecasting drought. and