The second episode explored the role of religion and tradition in hindering in adaptation in Namibia.
The episode discussed the deep religious and traditional beliefs about weather and climate held by community members in the Omusati region, where ASSAR has been doing its research. Some of these beliefs are stopping farmers from adopting Climate Smart Agriculture practices, such as using climate forecasts for planning farming practices, selling livestock when drought is predicted, and using alternative agricultural practices.
To promote sustainable adaptation in the region it is necessary to bridge the gap between scientific understandings of weather and climate and the farmers’ traditional understandings. Scientific forecasts that warn farmers of delayed rains or extended years of drought can help farmers change their agricultural practices to cope with these conditions. By working alongside traditional and religious leaders, those involved in sharing science-based climate and weather information could better reach farmers and help them make informed adaptation decisions. One idea ASSAR has promoted in this regard is having religious leaders or church organisations acting as “champions” for Climate Smart Agriculture.
Anna Iita, the project intern has written a blog on the show which is available on this link.