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Title: Indigenous knowledge in seasonal rainfall prediction in Tanzania : a case of the South-western Highland of Tanzania
Authors: Chang’a, Ladislaus B.
Yanda, Pius Z.
Ngana, James
Keywords: CLIMATE VARIABILITY
SEASONAL FORECASTING
EL NINO
DUDUMIZI
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE
HIGHLANDS
TANZANIA
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS
WEATHER FORECASTS
PARTICIPATORY RURAL APPRAISAL
PHENOLOGY
Date: 2010
Publisher: Academic Journals
Abstract: Early and significant flowering of Mihemi (Erythrina abyssinica) and Mikwe (Brachystegia speciformis) trees has been identified as a signal of good rainfall in the South-western Highland of Tanzania. Farmers have singled out the behaviour of the Dudumizi bird as another indicator. This study was conducted in Rungwe and Kilolo districts in Mbeya and Iringa regions. Systematic documentation and integration of indigenous knowledge into conventional weather forecasting is a recommended strategy for improving the accuracy and reliability of seasonal rainfall forecasts under increasing climate variability. Since agriculture in Tanzania is mainly rainfed, where, when and what to plant depends on the accuracy of rainfall forecasting.
ISSN: 2070-1845
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/48748
Project Number: 104391
Project Title: African Climate Change Fellowship
Access: Open Access
Copyright: Academic Journals
License: Open access
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