Weather project helps Vietnamese women adapt to climate change


Weather forecasting in mountainous Điện Biên is difficult at the best of times. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson


Adapting to a changing climate relies on knowledge, experience and accurate weather forecasts. In the rugged northwest of Viet Nam, female farmers have been learning how to obtain and use forecasts with help from the World Agroforestry Centre, as reported by Việt Nam News

‘According to the meteorology unit’s forecast, the chance of higher temperatures above average is 75 percent and the chance of more rain over average is 60 percent’, read out Lò Thị Dương to another 31 ethnic Thai women from Phăng 1 Village in Mường Phăng Commune, Điện Biên Province in northwest Việt Nam.

What she was reading was a weather forecast for the winter–spring rice season over the first three months of 2018. The report shows the weather predictions of the meteorology experts in temperature and rainfall with different possible scenarios, together with recommendations for what farmers should do to prepare their valuable crops for such weather.

The report was the product of a regional project called, Agro-Climate Information Services for Women and Ethnic Minority Farmers in Southeast Asia. The project has been carried out since 2015 simultaneously in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Việt Nam by CARE International and the World Agroforestry Centre under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

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Tran Ha My

Tran Ha My is a communications assistant with the World Agroforestry Centre Viet Nam. She is a graduate of the Journalism and Communications University of Viet Nam. Formerly she worked as editor and communications assistant with a national organization. She hopes to pursue a masters’ degree in journalism and communications. Email:

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