Poorfarmers

For the poorest farmers, transfer and adaptation of simple innovative technology developed by others and of simple operational knowledge of all kinds to improve their conditions and income are possible information services for this group. Because of its temporary character, without investment of any kind being involved, the simplest information approaches and technologies will have to do. Because of the importance of social capital, being least developed within these groups, assistance to bring down the simplest successful agrometeorological services from one level higher up social classes with comparable farming systems or occupations appears to be the best approach.

Following the four policy issues of Lassa (2006) as earlier enumerated, as to (i) mitigation practices and (ii) disaster preparedness, such examples should this way be transferred downwards. In (iii) contingency planning and responses as well as (iv) disaster risk mainstreaming, the public domain should be involved with appropriate supportive policies.

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