Sam Poskitt

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I am a researcher with a strong focus on research that empowers and achieves practical benefits for vulnerable/marginal people. I work on PICSA, which is a participatory extension approach, developed at the University of Reading, UK that combines historical climate data and forecasts with farmers' knowledge of what works in their own context, and then uses participatory planning methods to help them make informed decisions about their agricultural practices. I am broadly interested in exploring connections between human and environmental systems, especially the diverse ways in which people understand and engage with these connections. Specific interests include: Participatory and transdisciplinary approaches for learning, research and planning; Interaction of different knowledges and worldviews; Social-ecological resilience; Sustainable adaptation to climate variability and change; Collaborative learning and innovation.

The PICSA Approach

An investigation of the effects of PICSA on smallholder farmers’ decision-making and livelihoods

This case study analyses the affect of the PICSA approach on smallholder farmer's decision-making and livelihoods when implemented at large scale in Northern Ghana.

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PICSA Approach

The PICSA Approach

Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) is a collaborative project aimed to support farmers with locally relevant weather and climate information.

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