UA Science Cafe at Borderlands Brewing Co. – 'Texting the Climate: How Farmers in Southern Africa are Meeting the Future'
Presenter: Andy Zimmer, Ph.D. Student, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
About the talk: Across the world, we face the impacts of climate change, but adaptation is tough. Small-scale farmers in southern Africa are exceptionally vulnerable, facing challenges from both weather and pests. Using text messaging as a communication tool, we connect with thousands of farmers and are therefore able to map and monitor the challenges they face and the decisions they make. Understanding how farmers can best prepare themselves for risk allows us to work towards meeting the challenges of the future.
About Science Cafes: Science Cafes, presented by the UA College of Science, bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate cafe series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.