LA PAZ - The Bolivian government will accredit 37 farmers, who use traditional knowledge to predict the climate, as 'Yapuchiris' or 'Local Agro-climatic Observers'.
The farmers, men and women, met in La Paz Thursday to take part in the first course of the Culture of Resilience Program said the Plurinational Public Management School, or EGPP, of the Ministry of Education in a statement.
As part of the course, farmers will share their knowledge, learn new ones, and on Friday will receive accreditation from the authorities said EGPP, who is leading the initiative.
According to EGPP, academic recognition will strengthen the capacities of these farmers appointed by their communities, which has handed down "from generation to generation certain signs from nature that have always served to predict weather events" thereby protecting crops and animals.
"This type of observation is a form of monitoring the climate, used to prevent a greater negative impact of floods, drought, hail, frost or snow on food production and animal husbandry," EGPP added.
The Culture of Resilience Program is part of the Reduction of the Risk of Disaster Project from the Swiss Cooperation, launched in the country by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.