RVSC community engagement workshop on climate change science
The Risk & Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC) in collaboration with University of Cape Town and University of Venda hosted a community engagement workshop on climate change science at the University of Fort Hare on 17-18 October, 2016. The beneficiaries included; smallholder farmers, agricultural extension workers and government officials. The objective of the workshop was to engage farmers on effective application of climate forecasts and crop models in making crop management decisions and whether such use would lead to benefits. The workshop also offered the opportunity to assess how communities perceive climate change and respond to the impacts on agricultural activities. The exercise reflected that farmers were not aware of seasonal forecast information and considerable effort is needed to improve the understanding and interpretation of the climate forecast information to minimise the risk on crop production. Follow-up trainings are scheduled for 2017.
RAVAC empowering rural communities (smallholder farmers) with knowledge and skills on seasonal forecast and crop modelling for adaptation to climate change
Dr Zhou and Dr Crespo engaging Alice farmers