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Marginalized groups such as the disabled, the elderly, children, women and the poor are more likely to experience pronounced effects of climate change. These groups often lack access to resources to help them adapt and prepare for events like drought, severe weather and flooding.

For those who make their living off the land, the effects of climate change can be devastating. Farmers not only struggle with the loss of income, but also rarely have the financial resources and social networks necessary to recover and prepare for the next environmental crisis.

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buy canada goose jacket Efforts are underway to make climate information services like weather forecasts more accessible, which would help the world’s Canada Goose sale poorest farmers prepare for climate related events. The idea is that equipping farmers with better information will help improve production and save crops, fostering resilience under changing climate conditions. buy canada goose jacket

Policymakers think that these efforts will improve household food security. But what are the best ways to share this type of information, and make sure it gets to the most vulnerable members Canada Goose Jackets of society?

Does access to climate and weather information foster resilience among farmers?

canada goose uk black friday In our research, my colleagues and I studied how vulnerable populations access climate and weather information. Our work looks at climate information services, adoption of new farming practices and household food security. canada goose uk black friday

canada goose uk shop Here’s how we gathered this data. In June and July 2014, in canada goose clearance four village communities in Kenya and Senegal, we surveyed a random sample of 100 farmers and conducted focus group discussions with over 200 farmers. We asked farmers about sources of information they received, different farming buy canada goose jacket cheap practices and technologies they used, and when their households ran out of food. canada goose uk shop

Our research team worked with a development program called Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS works to build resilience among farmers in developing countries, including through programs that foster climate information canada goose services.

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canada goose store Our research revealed some key takeaways. In areas with better access to climate information, more farmers adopted new, climate smart farming strategies to help their crops grow despite the negative effects of climate change. canada goose store

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The method used to communicate this type of information was important. There was a big push to share climate information via mobile phones but canada goose deals not all farmers identified http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org mobiles as a preferred tool for receiving climate information. Instead, many farmers wanted to hear climate information directly from Ministry of Agriculture extension officers who work in communities to promote good farming practices.

uk canada goose outlet An important difference between sharing climate information via phones and via face to face discussions with extension officers is the ability to have a two way conversation. When farmers interact with extension officers, they can ask questions. This was especially true for women, who were more likely than men to rely on direct communication with extension officers for information regarding most climate smart agriculture practices for field preparation, pest control and manure management. uk canada goose outlet

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Effective communication and information updates about the rapidly intensifying conditions of Hurricane Michael no doubt saved lives last month. And better canada goose clearance canada goose outlet sale information about how best to cultivate crops under Central America’s shifting weather patterns may have alleviated some of the poverty and desperation experienced by many of the families now in the migrant caravan.

Canada Goose Outlet Recognizing that different sectors of society access information from different sources, that there is no “one size fits all” approach, may prove critical to building a world that is better prepared for the risks of climate change Canada Goose Outlet.

 

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