Key relationships

For agricultural purposes, the producers of climate information do not have access to farmers directly. Agricultural extension officers are mandated to interact with farmers, however, there is a weak link between NMHSs and the extension services or other agricultural expert intermediaries (SADC-RRSU 2002). Field studies on the impact of recent forecasts in southern Africa suggest that there is a considerable gap between the information needed by small-scale farmers and that provided bythe meteorological services (Blench 1999).

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