Back to school: As the climate shifts, Cambodian farmers take up new training
Farmers in Cambodia are going back to school, ‘FARM School’, this year, in a new UNDP-supported training programme aimed at increasing their use of forecasts in crop planning and decision-making. The programme, under development with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) and dubbed ‘FARM’ School (short for Forecast Application for Risk Management in Agriculture), is to be used by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as a standard training programme for the use of climate information in agricultural practices. “Climate information has always been important in the hands of farmers. Yet with climate change driving more unpredictable and extreme weather, it’s ever more so. This initiative – to be tested and rolled out in Battambang and Kampong Speu provinces – is part of our efforts to raise awareness of the changes, and the importance of local adaptation,” said UNDP Early Warning Systems Project Manager Muhibuddin Usamah.