In Week 2 we were discussing reporting on the effects of climate on farming and what farmers are saying.
Big up to all that shared their experiences. We believe others will still contribute even though we are now in Week 3.
We asked the following questions:
- How do you, as a broadcaster, currently report on the effects of climate on farming?
- What have you, as broadcasters, noticed from your interactions with farmers about farmers’ understanding of climate changes and how it affects their lands, access to water, crops, animals...etc?
- As broadcasters, where do you go to get the best and most up-to-date information on climate change for your listening audience?
Experience shared show that most broadcasters use approaches like news reporting, spots, public service announcements, testimonies, inserts, interviews using experts, role models and real situations.
In terms of how farmers respond to the information they receive on climate change, it was shared that some respond positively and adapt to change while others do not take note of advice given or ignore warnings because of their beliefs. These include superstitions. One even mentioned that other farmers believe that the climate change is a result of the wrath of God. Some comments clearly indicated that some farmers respond positively and understand what climate change is all about.
Sarah @smawerere mentioned that farmers in her area say hey have seen changes in planting seasons, they used to have two seasons in a year but nowadays only have one. Chris @krizo also mentioned that some only try to adjust their practices to changes and have not taken any interest on the causes of those changes. As Sarah said, some do not know the difference between climate change and weather.
To educate broadcasters and assist farmers, climate change adaptation projects help. Sakordie_Gideon mentioned how the FRI/GiZ project gave him more understanding and he was able to interact with farmers through focus group discussion and other methods.
To get the most current and reliable information on climate change, a lot of bodies were mentioned. These include local NGOs dealing with climate change, farmers themselves, meteorological authorities, educational institutions, agricultural officers as the best sources. Jacqueline pointed out workshops on climate change, researchers and government extension officers are other options.
Broadcasters still have a bigger role to play in making sure that they inform their farmers about relevant information on climate change and agriculture so they can be better prepared.