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.

Today, the villagers acknowledge that, “we listen to more programs on radio on why places are so hot today, why water is drying up everywhere, no grass for cows, and why we can no longer know when rains will fall. Last year, the people of Sop, (neighboring village) performed lots of sacrifices to the ancestors so that rains will come in time. But nothing. Rains still came very late. The rains even fall in a funny way. They fall and stop. Fall again and stop even for weeks. And when the rains fall, places are still hot and the ground dries up very quickly. Our crops are not as healthy as they used to be when the rains behave in this way. So they [the journalists] have explained that, it is not our ancestors who are causing this terrible problem”, a village listener explained.The ancestors are NOT THEREFORE TO BLAME. And this is the central achievement of this project so far which is that of creating awareness, providing more information and knowledge on the phenomenon of climate change so that, the village people can change beliefs and practices which cannot help them cope with the changing climate for their own individual and collective survival.

Another villager adds: They [journalists] “are telling us what to do and what not to do on our farms as things [climate] keep changing today. In one program one man (guest on the program)told us that, when rains come, we should not just rush to plant our crops. We can plant only when we deep our middle finger, [long finger] into the soil in 5 different spots on our farm and notice that our finger is wet and soil is sticking to it when we remove it. If we deep our finger and remove it and discover that it is still dry with no soil hanging to our finger, then, it is not yet time for us to plant.”

Some Mbororo cattle herdsmen confessed that, “we did not know that, Guatemala grass is good pasture. That grass does not get dry in the dry season. And they (radio journalists and their guests) say, when cows eat that grass, they produce much milk. So as from the next season, we are going to plant our own Guatemala. It means that, that grass is good grass you know”, confessed one Mbororo man, with a smile on his lips.




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Democracy Information Bank (DIB)

Democracy information bank (DIB) is an important expected output product of our project (output 1.4). It is a compilation of relevant reference material for radio journalists to consult in the process of producing democracy-promoting programs. It is thus a bank in which journalists can access information from diverse sources on democracy and the media, and on how radio can be used to promote peace, democracy and development in Africa, democratic practices at the local level, an on how to manage a rural or community radio. We keep updating it. Members of our debate clubs created across Cameroon find the material equally useful in conceiving debate topics that promote democratic values. We need to emphasis on the fact that the content of the DIB is drawn from a wide variety of internet sources (Google).

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AMARC Evaluation book June - 10 2007

CIMA Community Radio-Working Group Report

Community radio handbook

Community Radio Book ENGLISH Abdou Sarr

DLL full book

Gunpan 010194

What is CR

WSLR Station Governance Handbook


French Docs


Cameroon Broadcasting Survey French

Community Radio Handbook


Les Radios Communautaires


Radio Communauatire Force de changement

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Rapport Unesco Site

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“Developing a Democratic Culture in Rural Communities using Radio in Cameroon”

Project objective: To strengthen radio journalism as a medium of promoting democratic values and practices in the rural communities of Cameroon by:

  • transforming community radio to an effective instrument for the popularization of democratic values and practices in Rural Cameroon
  • building professional skills of 200 community radio broadcasters
  • creating democracy debate clubs in high schools to promote a culture of democratic practices among young people
  • Setting up "Regional Association of Rural Radio Broadcasters for the Promotion of Grassroots Democracy in Cameroon".

 Results Achieved so far

  • Professional empowerment and institutional development
  • 231 journalists trained in Cameroon (Bamenda, Bafoussam, Ngaoundere, Maroua, Bertoua and Mbalmayo)
  • 83 female journalists trained
  • 139
  • 9 female and male journalists from minority groups (Mbororo and Pigmies) trained
  • 9 Regional Associations of Rural Radio Broadcasters for the Promotion of Grassroots Democracy in Cameroon created.
  • 9 Democracy Debate Clubs created in high schools in Cameroon
  • Project website created (
  • Deliverables
  • 250 hand-made raffia bags as outreach material produced
  • 100 project promotional T-shirts produced and distributed as outreach material
  • 231 USB Keys distributed
  • 231copies of a hand book on: “Promoting Democracy Using Radio in Rural Communities of Cameroon” in French and English published and distributed
  • 70 copies of a “Guide on Management of Community Radio, Programmes and Programming Policy” in French and English published and distributed
  • 50 copies of a “Students’ Guide on How to Conduct a Debate” in French and English published and distributed 
231 audio copies of a radio play in French and English entitled “ The Candidate”, produced on CD and distributed


Radio Drama Audio Version (English and French)


The Candidate

Le Candidate