Increasingly, frequent droughts, floods and other shocks exacerbated by climate change are affecting the food security and incomes of communities across sub-Saharan Africa. Agro-pastoralists are particularly vulnerable to these climate extremes due to their reliance on rain-fed agriculture. Recurring prolonged dry spells and severe floods in recent years have drastically affected cereal production in Niger and Mali, contributing to widespread and chronic food shortages.
The Scaling Up Resilience for One Million People (SUR1M) project aims to build resilience by increasing preparedness in the face of these climate extremes, deepening gender-responsive mitigation practices, and building critical assets by reinforcing the disaster risk management capacity of 19 communities in Niger and Mali. Radio can support these efforts by providing an information, education and communications (IEC) strategy that stimulates demand for, and provides access to, information on improved practices or technologies, promotes good governance and women’s empowerment while fostering behavior change for resilience.
This project will see selected radio partners in the Gao region of Mali and the Tillabery region of Niger air Participatory Radio Campaigns (PRCs), mini-dramas and interactive radio programming. A PRC is a carefully designed radio program that allows farmers to learn about, discuss and evaluate an agricultural practice or improvement before providing information for implementation. The participatory and interactive radio programming will discuss nutrition as well as enhanced soil, water, land, livestock and agro-forestry management to promote best-practices and improve climate resilience. Radio programming will also aim at improving knowledge and engaging citizens and officials on women’s rights.