Generating a Conceptual Framework of Agro-Climate Information Interventions in Vietnam
Thi Thu Giang Luu, Cory Whitney, Eike Luedeling
University of Bonn, Inst. Crop Sci. and Res. Conserv. (INRES), Germany
Farmers’ agricultural practices in Vietnam are highly sensitive to variable weather and vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The lack of timely and actionable weather forecasts and agricultural advisories can lead to significant yield loss and unprofitable investments in agricultural inputs, which can have severe consequences for resource-constrained farming communities, including many women and ethnic minorities. Development organisations in Vietnam have provided agro-climate information services (ACIS) in the form of climate-informed agricultural advisories to farmers. However, so far these interventions have been very limited in scale. Development organisations are advocating the government to consider upscaling the provision of climate advisory services, but a large-scale roll-out could strain their financial and human resources. We developed a conceptual model of costs, benefits and risks involved in such an intervention to provide guidance for the design and evaluation of ACIS interventions, aiming to provide effective support to the government’s decision-making process. The model was developed from expert knowledge gathered in workshops, which also served to generate data and offer space for learning and reflection. We used collaborative tools to explore the implications of the government’s decision on investing in ACIS interventions in the complex and uncertain context of agricultural production in Vietnam.
Keywords: Agro-climate information service, conceptual framework, cost-benefit
Contact Address: Thi Thu Giang Luu, University of Bonn, Inst. Crop Sci. and Res. Conserv. (INRES) - Horticultural Science, Auf Dem Hügel 6, D-53121 Bonn, Germany, e-mail: s7thluuuuni-bonn.de