23 Jan, 2019

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Participants during the workshop
Centre for Applied Systems Analysis in conjunction with Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) organized a four-day training of trainers on Scenario Planning.

Scenario planning is a technique used to inform decision-making under uncertainty, and is increasingly applied in the field of climate change adaptation and policy.

The training which aimed at supporting actions that build climate resilient agriculture and help rural farmers in decision making took place from 15th to 18th of January 2019, at the Centre for Development of Malawi Training in Lilongwe.

Speaking during the official opening of the training, the Guest of Honor, Dean of Faculty of Natural Resources at LUANAR, Dr. Daniel Sikawa, said farmers are facing complex challenges which can hardly be solved by scientific knowledge alone.

“We are in an era where everything is unpredictable; indigenous knowledge is built on experience and we cannot use science only when managing natural resources but we need a combination of indigenous knowledge and science as the way forward and the way we can build more resilience to our farmers.” He said.

He continued that science is there just to validate indigenous knowledge and farmers need to adopt the use of indigenous knowledge, and that it is an innovation that is very relevant all the time.

Representative from the Jesuit Organization, Father Gerry Callas, said farmers are facing challenges in their everyday farming activities and that there is need to respond to such challenges by analyzing the situations and cooperate with God to deal with the challenges.

“We need to organize our farming activities and not be victims of climate change.” He added.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Director of Planning at Kasungu District, Blessing Nkhoma, said the use of indigenous and scientific knowledge will help them to address some of the problems smallholder farmers are facing in the district.

He also added that they will make sure that the knowledge they get from the training will be imparted to farmers in their district.

The training participants were from Kasungu District where Jesuit is implementing a 3 years project called Tasintha. These are expected to share the knowledge and implement what they have learnt in their project fields in order to help small scale farmers who are at risk..