Farmers in Uganda are adapting to the changing climate with little support from, or communication with, local government advisors. Grady Walker upskilled farmers in film-making to visualise the challenges and propose solutions. Knowledge can now be shared between farmers and new dialogue with district leadership has begun.

The impact of climate change is taking its toll on farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. After decades of failed agricultural policies in Uganda, farmers have little access to expert farming advisors, and no recourse to communicate their needs to local leadership. As part of the Future Climate for Africa programme, Dr Grady Walker, helped farmers to tell their own stories – to peers and policymakers – and highlight the climate change challenges they face.

Dr Walker worked with Farmer Champions in Uganda’s Mukono district. In a week-long video production course, they learnt how to turn their ideas into a storyboard, how to use a basic video camera, and how to minimise the need for editing.  They produced two short films: Climate Challenges and Solutions at Farm Level: A Case of Farmers at Nakasuku Village and Climate Charge Challenges and Possible Solutions in the Fisheries Sector.

A screening for invited guests at the district government office opened a vital communication channel with district leadership, who have committed to continue engagement and fund more videos. By sharing their growing portfolio of films via WhatsApp, the Farmer Champions – who have the trust of their peers – will now teach climate adaptation strategies to fellow farmers across Mukono.

In partnership with Climate Action Network, Uganda

Funded by Department For International Development (DFID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Shortlisted for the University Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2020

First published: June 2020