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The Ancestors Are Not To Blame For Negative Impacts Of Climate Change In Villages Of North West Region Of Cameroon


When all the crops of farmers in a rural community suddenly dry up at the stage of sprouting, meaning that, the entire season is lost, when the cows on which the entire family of a Mbororo herdsman depends for survival begin to become thinner, and thinner, skeletal and start dying one by one for there is little or no pastures, and when both the cattle herdsman and the farmer are all helpless in the face of the mishap, the situation becomes really dramatic and deeply traumatizing for the victims of climate change impacts. This situation is fast becoming a living reality in the North West Region, (NWR) of Cameroon. It was for this reason that, in 2015 Change Communications designed: Climate on Air Project and obtained funding for its implementation from INTERNEWS-Earth Journalism Network (EJN) based in Washington DC, USA.

Twenty community radio journalists drawn from effects 10 stations in the Region were trained on the basic concepts of climate change, and on basic techniques of reporting it. At the end of their training which held in Bamenda in March 2016, they were expected to produce carefully tailored programs and professionally sound news reports on climate change issues in their respective localities. Although the actual production and broadcast has gone on only for slightly over three months, there is evidence that, the project was indeed necessary as village listeners are indicating that, the information and messages contained in the programs produced so far are timely and useful for them.

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