Indian Country Today reports that Indigenous knowledge and modern software are being used in tandem to fight the extensive drought in Southern Africa. The drought has affected large parts of southern Africa including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and Madagascar.
Read more at https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/03/27/indigenous-knowledge-fighting-drought-south-africa-163830
In a written response to ICTMN; Dr. Muthoni Masinde explained that most developing countries, (especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa) frequently suffer from the devastating effects of droughts.
Masinde wrote: “Further, the production of scientific drought forecasts in these countries is hampered by many technological challenges while their utilization is dismal.
“Consequently, many communities (especially in rural areas of Africa) continue to consult indigenous knowledge; especially visual aspects of it. As the effects of climate change become a reality, innovative ways are required to forecast droughts especially because, the effect, when compared to other natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and epidemics lasts longest; this renders the use of indigenous knowledge alone ineffective. This calls for innovative solutions; in our case, the novelty was found in the integration of indigenous with scientific approaches to drought prediction. This resulted in a functioning system that has been tested and piloted in South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya.”
The unique system is able to predict drought in the short-, medium-term and long-term with accuracies as high as 96 percent. However, it is a purely-research based project and has not as yet been implemented for use.