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Collaboration Relations in Climate Information Production and Dissemination to Subsistence Farmers in Namibia

Ofoegbu, Chidiebere and New, Mark (2021). Collaboration Relations in Climate Information Production and Dissemination to Subsistence Farmers in Namibia. Environmental Management. 67 , 133-145
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Abstract

Although climate information can aid farmers' capacity to adapt to climate change, its accessibility and adoption by subsistence farmers hinge on the collaboration between farmers and climate information providers. This paper examines collaborations among actors in the process of climate information production and dissemination in the Namibian agricultural sector. The aim is to investigate the extent to which subsistence farmers are integrated into the collaboration process and the impact of the collaboration on the nature and accessibility of disseminated information. Key informant interviews and a questionnaire survey were used for data collection. Using network analysis, we estimated the networks' density, clustering coefficient, and degree centrality. The study found that both the climate information production and dissemination networks have a high overall clustering coefficient (78% and 77%, respectively) suggesting a high rate of collaboration among the actors in the networks. However, the frequency of interactions between the actors in both the information production and dissemination networks and subsistence farmers remains very low. Nearly all surveyed farmers reported that they meet with information providers only once in a year. The effect of this poor interaction is reflected in the poor occurrence of feedback learning, which is needed to optimize channels of information dissemination to subsistence farmers and enhance the robustness of disseminated information. We recommend innovative communication means via mobile phone, promotion of peer-to-peer learning, flexible collaboration relations with more space for feedback from the users of climate information, and more attention to long-term forecasts and their implications for adaptive actions.

Authors/Creators:Ofoegbu, Chidiebere and New, Mark
Title:Collaboration Relations in Climate Information Production and Dissemination to Subsistence Farmers in Namibia
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Management
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:67
Page range:133-145
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0364-152X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 508 Media and Communications > Communication Studies
Keywords:Network analysis, Climate information, Knowledge brokering, Climate change adaptation, Subsistence farmers, Namibia
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108721
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108721
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DOI10.1007/s00267-020-01383-5
Web of Science (WoS)000582813900001
ID Code:22155
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Species Information Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 07:51
Metadata Last Modified:09 Feb 2021 07:51

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