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Farmers become filmmakers: climate change adaptation in Malawi (PLA 60)

This article describes the experiences and some of the findings of a participatory video project in Malawi. This pilot project investigated the effectiveness of video for transferring community-based climate change adaptation practices between vulnerable villages. In collaboration with the Red Cross and the Meteorological Services, subsistence farmers in one village learnt how to operate a video camera, develop a script, and make a film showing examples of adaptation practices they have been developing to adjust their livelihoods to climate change. Mphunga’s ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’ film was then shown in four neighbouring villages that have been suffering from similar climate impacts. The results show that participatory video can be a helpful communication tool in spreading knowledge of climate change adaptation measures between villages.
Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Article in: PLA 60. Guest-edited by: Hannah Reid, Mozaharul Alam, Rachel Berger, Terry Cannon and Angela Milligan.

Keywords: CBA, climate change, adaptation, participation, DRR, disaster risk reduction.

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  • IIED code: G02820
  • Published: Dec 2009 - IIED
  • Area: Malawi
  • Theme: Participation
  • Source pub: Participatory Learning and Action 60: Community-based adaptation to climate
  • Languages: English, Arabic

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