Nothing beats radio for telling Africa’s climate change stories

By Paula Park

A story about the relationship between two farmers and two scientists researching drought recently won Ghanaian journalist Kofi Adu Domfeh the 2014 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Award. Domfeh produced a beautiful radio piece covering two human stories. The first covers a groundnut farmer in north-central Ghana who received assistance from a scientist at Ghana’s Crop Research Institute. The second takes place in eastern Kenya’s drought-ridden Machakos County, where the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute showed a farmer how to terrace his lands, dig pits and harvest rainwater. I’ve been impressed with Domfeh’s piece and how it connects real Africans with scientists. So now when I hear policymakers talk about the need to translate knowledge about climate change so that it resonates with ordinary Africans I think first of radio.