Lowincome farmers

In the long run, specific training of extension intermediaries, such as already existing village technicians and in-service trained members of Agricultural Extension Services and the NMHSs, in more to the point fields of agrometeorological services to such low-income farmers, will be a lasting solution, tte actual needs of these farmers for such services have therefore to be studied and mapped out much more appropriately, ttis can partlybe done in the training of such intermediaries. Field classes to train these farmers have been shown to be effective means that such intermediaries can use (Stigter et al. 2005a).

With this information approach and knowing the characteristics of the group and the importance of social capital, again the next higher social group should receive incentives to be involved in the field classes with examples of successful application of agrometeorological services. Rural radio and where possible TV appear to be the best instruments to structurally use at this level in addition to and as part of the field classes mentioned, ttis is the lowest level where we estimate that for agrometeorology improved Agrometeorological Bulletins (Sivakumar 2002) could already have impacts, but only with organized assistance for their interpretation and use.

Community based mitigation practices and disaster preparedness should be transferred using these media and training approaches (also Stigter et al. 2003). Contingency planning and responses as well as disaster risk mainstreaming may have the usual public as well as less common private aspects based on how the social capital can be locally organized. In other countries than China, such as India for example, NGOs may play a pivotal role (Morrow 2002a).

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