Welcome to the Barza agriculture and climate change. My name is Busi Ngcebetsha, I am your moderator for this discussion. I have a community radio background and I have been working with different radio stations and organisations, training them in producing radio programmes that speak to their target audiences. I believe radio is a great access to information tool as it reaches more people at any given time.
This discussion is about agriculture and climate change. We will assist you in gaining more knowledge about agriculture and climate, demonstrate the important role radio can play in improving knowledge about how the changing climate affects agriculture, and encourage you to think about how weather forecasts can be important components of your farm broadcasts and how this all links to gender.
We will have specific topics that we will be concentrating on in each week.
In week 1, you will need to introduce yourself and take part in the icebreaker activity which I will introduce shortly.
In week 2 we will deal with how you report on the effects of climate change on farming in your broadcasts.
In week 3, we will look at the links between agricultural production and weather
In week 4, we will deal with gendered aspects of agriculture and climate change.
Here's an icebreaker activity that you have to do this week:
Close your eyes. Imagine you've been living in a village that's been hit by drought for the past six months. You and your family have the essentials to get by and you've managed to grow enough groundnuts to sustain yourself for the past year. But,suddenly, the weather's turned and rain has started falling – ABUNDANTLY. Flash flooding is threatening to sweep everything away and in fact that you only have fifteen minutes to evacuate your area. You have to act quickly and you can only take three essential things with you.
What would you take with you and why?
Click on the "reply" button; introduce yourself, where you are from and list your three items and why you've decided to take these items. Think creatively about how you present these items to us. You can just type them out or – if you're so artistically inclined – doodle them and upload your drawings to the platform, or find photos or gifs that illustrate your items and upload them.
Check out your fellow participants' responses and comment on what you think about the items they’ve