Food for Future: Is it Possible without Farmers’ Climate Literacy and Responsive Farming Culture?

Yunita T. Winarto, Sue Walker, Rhino Ariefiansyah, and Adlinanur F. Prihandiani

4University of Indonesia , Jakarta, Indonesia, 5University of Free State, Pretoria, South Africa, 6University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 7University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

Throughout Asia rice is the main staple for people’s consumption. Under the current ongoing climate change, rice production is at stake due to the increasing climate variability and global warming. Appropriate and responsive farming strategies under a particular climate condition are, thus, crucial. Nevertheless, the changing of climate and its impacts on agriculture have not been part of farmers’ and agricultural bureaucracies’ knowledge, in particular under the absence of reliable climate services. Moreover, in order to achieve high food productivity, the persisting state’s policy based on the Green Revolution paradigm may fail to address such a particular need. Providing climate services to both farmers and agricultural agents is urgent to enable farmers developing responsive farming strategies. The paper examines the case of agrometeorological learning provided to farmers in some regencies in Indonesia to improve their climate literacy and analytical capability. Would that learning help farmers sustaining food productivity by developing anticipative response farming? How could that be possible under the current ongoing paradigm of Green Revolution, climate illiteracy, and unequal social-political relations among stakeholders? Some cases of farmers’ and agricultural staff’s learning in the Science Field Shops in such existing conditions and its implications on food production will be discussed.


Yunita is a professor of anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, and a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. Her teaching, research, and publications are in the field of environmental anthropology. She is the coordinator of the Science Field Shops in Indonesia.

Sue is a Principal Researcher in Agrometeorology at the Agricultural Research Council – Soil, Climate and Water, Pretoria. She is Professor Emeritus in Agricultural Meteorology at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa supervising 17 PhD students. She has published more than 90 scientific articles.

Rhino is an anthropologist, a film maker, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. His teaching, research, and publications are in the fields of environmental anthropology and global anthropology. He is the coordinator of the digital program in the Science Field Shops.

Adlinanur is an anthropologist and a research staff of the anthropological research unit at the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. Her publications are in the area of environmental anthropology. She joined the Science Field Shops in Indonesia in 2015.



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