Originalmente publicado em https://cepeas.org/complementar-2/profetas-da-chuva/
Autora: Karen Elizabeth Pennesi
Meteorologists working for the state government in Ceará, Northeast Brazil claim that the kinds of forecasts they can currently produce are not useful for subsistence farmers, who lack resources to act on forecast-based decisions. I argue that scientific predictions do have meaning and consequences in rural communities. Official forecasts inform policies that affect farmers; therefore, farmers hold government accountable for predictions, even if they do not directly influence the farmers’ own decisionmaking.