Photo essay: In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a tiny island is making great strides.
This participatory video was filmed, produced, and directed by a group of 12 farmers and community members from the villages of Mpulula, Malaswa, Kapalula, and Gwauya, Malawi. With this video they want to communicate the message that “we can conserve the environment by finding solutions to end poverty.” The film features farmers describing the value of trees, vetiver grass strips, collective action and the importance of alternative livelihoods to the destructive practice of charcoal making.
Local radio stations can be a powerful means of communication, particularly to smallholder farmers located in remote rural places. When listening to the radio, they feel connected to the rest of the world and become better informed. In northern Mozambique, the Programme for the Promotion of Rural Markets (Programa de Promoçao de Mercados Rurais-PROMER), supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Mozambique, is using community radio stations as a creative way to disseminate market price and product information.
The 9th Community-Based Adaptation conference (CBA9) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April, 2015. Organized by the International Institute of Environment and Development, and co-sponsored by Practical Action, the conference will bring together development practitioners to discuss current challenges and opportunities facing community-based adaptation to climate change.
"We are able to earn just enough to keep alive," says a bitter Shyam Bihari, a marginal farmer in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh who owns 6 bighas (about one hectare) of land, split into two plots. The land is quite fertile and yields two crops but after paying for water bought from a neighbour's tubewell and other expenses, he isn't left with much. Bihari, who has two sons and a daughter, has to supplement his income by working on other farms along with his wife.