Helping Farmers Tackling Climate Change through Climate Field School
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
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The Second Climate Field School
Last year su-re.co started a program named Climate Field School that was trying to develop the capability of farmers in adapting to climate change. Climate change has been changing the level of precipitation in farmland, hence farmers must be able to adapt to this condition.
This program is part of su-re.coffee project that has been started in 2018. su-re.co has conducted the first climate field school for both coffee and cacao farmers in Jembrana, Bali. This year, Climate Field School (CFS) was conducted at Climate Station II office of Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. su-re.co partnered up with BMKG and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to implement this program. This year's CFS was the first for coffee and cacao farmers in Kupang, since the previous CFS was conducted for corn and rice farmers.
On June 26, 2019, several facilitators of coffee and cacao farmers from Bajawa, Flores joined the Climate Field School in Kupang. During the training, the participants were given some information and knowledge about climate hence these facilitators can share the knowledge to farmers groups in their neighborhood.
Next Visit to Bajawa
As the follow-up activity from the training, Climate Field School will be visiting coffee and cacao farmers in Bajawa in August and September 2019.
"BMKG will be going to Bajawa to the condition of coffee and cacao as well as the use of climate information to support quality and productivity of coffee," said Apolinaris Geru, head of Climate Station II of BMKG Kupang. "As we have known that Bajawa coffee has been famous throughout the world, so that, this Climate Field School can support it.
The director of Koperasi Sekunder Arabika Flores Bajawa also shared his experiences in facing uncertain weather and climate. That condition affected the quality of coffee and its market price and farmers' income.
Helping farmers tackling climate change
Through su-re.coffee project, su-re.co also helps farmers to market their products at a fair price. We also improve their access to clean energy by providing some farmers with a biogas digester. By using biogas, we can reduce carbon emissions from firewood in the air so all people can enjoy a better climate!