Reading the Rains: Local Knowledge and Rainfall Forecasting in Burkina Faso

@article{Roncoli2002ReadingTR,
  title={Reading the Rains: Local Knowledge and Rainfall Forecasting in Burkina Faso},
  author={Carla Roncoli and Keith T. Ingram and Paul Kirshen},
  journal={Society \& Natural Resources},
  year={2002},
  volume={15},
  pages={409 - 427}
}
This article describes how farmers of Burkina Faso predict seasonal rainfall and examines how their forecasts relate to those produced by meteorological science. Farmers' forecasting knowledge encompasses shared and selective repertoires. Most farmers formulate expectations from observation of natural phenomena. Cultural and ritual spiritualists also predict rainfall from divination, visions, and dreams. Rather than positing local and scientific knowledge as self-exclusive, our research shows… 
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