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Notes to broadcasters on the climate change talks

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty developed nearly twenty years ago. For the last 17 years, countries which have signed the convention have met to discuss and strengthen the global response to climate change. The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the UNFCCC that commits developed countries to legally binding reductions of their carbon emissions. The first period of the Protocol began in 2008 and will expire in 2012. One of the topics on the agenda in Durban was to decide on a way forward after 2012. Many farmers’ organizations were present, hoping to get their concerns heard, and lobbying for agreements which would benefit farmers over the long term.

For more information on the talks and the framework convention, visit the UNFCCC’s official pages:




AMARC’s reporters have been uploading audio and photos to their site:



Some recent news reports from Africa on the climate change talks:

-“Commitment needed for climate change” http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Farming/-/689860/1288854/-/1hvnj0z/-/

-“Rural Women in Africa Speak Out at Climate Conference”


Here are a few other recent pieces on climate change and agriculture:

“Climate Change: Agriculture at the Negotiating Table”

http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/SE156-web.pdf (page 4)

“Peasant agriculture: a real solution to climate change”


“Victories for food and farming in Durban climate deals”


Script package 89, from December 2009, focused on farmers adapting to climate change. Access scripts from this package and earlier scripts on the same topic here: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/climate.asp

Here are some recent stories on climate change published in Farm Radio Weekly:

-Southern Africa: Agricultural unions to observe climate change meeting (FRW 178, October 2011) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2011/10/31/southern-africa-agricultural-unions-to-observe-climate-change-meeting-afp/

-Rwanda: Climate change worries farmers on World Food Day (FRW 131, October 2010) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/10/11/rwanda-climate-change-worries-farmers-on-world-food-day-by-jean-paul-ntezimana-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-rwanda/

-Kenya: Re-discovering cassava during drought (FRW 160, June 2011) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2011/06/20/kenya-re-discovering-cassava-during-drought-ips-daily-nation/

-Uganda: Drama and song raise awareness of climate change (FRW 118, July 2010)     http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/07/05/1-uganda-drama-and-song-raise-awareness-of-climate-change-by-sawa-pius-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-uganda/

-Kenya: Farmers use drought-resistant crops and improved access to water to adapt to climate change (FRW 114, June 2010) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/06/07/2-kenya-farmers-use-drought-resistant-crops-and-improved-access-to-water-to-adapt-to-climate-change-farm-radio-weekly-scientific-american/

The Issue pack from package 89 has lots of background information and program ideas: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/89-1script_en.asp

In view of the talks in Durban, you might want to prepare some radio pieces to highlight climate change. You could ask farmers if they have noticed any changes in the weather over the long term, and whether they know about or are interested in the climate negotiations. Find out if the local agricultural extension department has information or projects on climate change, and ask them how the high-level talks affect their work. Ask if there is funding available for climate change projects for farmers, or if local government or NGO staff have experience accessing funding for climate change initiatives.

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