Over five years, Canada will address climate change and biodiversity loss in rural Africa through an innovative 10.9 million dollar investment by Global Affairs Canada in radio programs that highlight and promote nature-based solutions.
Farm Radio International, a globally recognized Canadian charity, will work with 200 radio stations across Africa to share stories of rural communities adapting to climate change by partnering with nature. In six countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia), “on air dialogues” with rural communities will be hosted by 20 radio stations to discover local priorities about, ideas for and experiences with harnessing nature to adapt to a changing climate.
Based on the results, more than 200 entertaining radio documentaries will be produced that showcase local solutions, and high-impact interactive radio programs will support rural Africans in bringing nature-based solutions to their communities. The best ideas that emerge from these programs will be spread Africa-wide through scripts and stories shared with a network of over 3,500 broadcasters in 38 countries.
These also aim to create an environment where women and youth have an increased role in contributing to conversations about the climate — and that decision and policy makers are paying attention to their voices.
Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication will also support this project. Students will contribute to the production of podcasts that inform Canadians about the climate solutions coming from African communities and how Canada can support them.
About the Project
On-Air for Gender-Inclusive Nature-based Solutions is a 5-year, $10.9 million project led by Farm Radio International and funded by the Government of Canada that will use high impact radio programs to work with local communities in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia to identify, share and support local nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and amplify those solutions to a network of 3,500 broadcasters across 38 African countries so they can be duplicated across the continent.