Enhancing Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building for the Rural Communities in Zambia
ENHANCING KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN ZAMBIA Loveness Nikisi s habalengu [email_address] Zambia Meteorological Department, Lusaka, Zambia,
<ul><li>Over 90% of disasters in Zambia and most Africa countries are climate related </li></ul><ul><li>Every year, millions people are affected by droughts, floods, wild land fires, and other hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Coping mechanisms and adaptation is low to the local communities in Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Low level of education and knowledge levels of the people in the rural communities limit their capacity to adapt to extreme climate related events causing disasters </li></ul><ul><li>thus the need to educate and transfer knowledge and build capacity for the rural communities so that they have a better understanding. </li></ul>
ACTIVITIES OF ZAMBIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT (ZMD) <ul><li>with the help from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ZMD has held workshops in several districts of Zambia in effort to disseminate, interpret, educate and enhance knowledge to the local communities </li></ul><ul><li>The rural communities unaccustomed to some disasters and without the coping knowledge to deal with the changing conditions are particularly vulnerable to their effects </li></ul><ul><li>During the workshops, scientists and trained journalists interpret using simple terms to the people </li></ul>
USE OF RANET IN DISSEMINATION <ul><li>RANET- RA dio and inter NET Program is a communication system that combines the use of Internet, the Worldspace satellite digital radio broadcast and the FM community radio broadcasting system, to disseminate information to remote areas </li></ul><ul><li>RANET-Zambia Project: is a joint initiative of the Zambia Meteorological Department and community radios stations, with a mandate to disseminate accurately and timely weather/climate information on behalf of Zambia Meteorological Department to users in a precise and easy - to- understand manner and can be applied for the purpose of planning and decision making in the country. </li></ul>
HOW RANET - ZAMBIA WORKS => Zambia Meteorological Department collects relevant information from stakeholders and prepares for the RANET website. => Information relayed to uplink station at Pretoria, South Africa and Niamey, Niger, where it bounces to the satellite =>World space satellite broadcasts to RANET community radio station =>RANET radio station browses through the contents and selects the desired information for translation into a local language and then broadcasts on FM radio to the community =>RANET radio station also provides a forum of discussion by the community regarding issues affecting their livelihood.
RANET-ZAMBIA PROJECT <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>to enhance the living standards of rural communities by increasing their access to vital information on weather/climate , agriculture, health, environment, natural calamities and other vital developmental information </li></ul>
RANET ZAMBIA COMMUNITY RADIO STATIONS Broadcasting Planned to start Broadcasting on test
RANET-ZAMBIA PROJECT (DISTRIBUTION OF SOLAR WINDUP RADIOS) Community members receive Solar/ Windup Radios
RANET-ZAMBIA PROJECT (DISTRIBUTION OF SOLAR WINDUP RADIOS)
RANET-ZAMBIA PROJECT (DISTRIBUTION OF SATELLITE RADIO RECEIVERS) RANET-Zambia has installed 43 Tongshi Damb-R Satellite receivers in thirteen districts to assist partners access developmental information required to assist the rural communities make informed decisions regarding their day to day activities
RANET-ZAMBIA PROJECT (DISTRIBUTION OF MOBILE PHONES) Number of Peasant farmers that use to cell phones send feed back to the RANET-Zambia National Information Centre in Lusaka and the ministry of Agriculture regarding sending of rainfall and disaster-related information.
FLOOD VICTIMS RELOCATED TO A CAMP Floods victims relocated to a camp
IMPACTS OF FLOODS ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION Excess rains results into total loss of harvest
Conclusion <ul><li>Community Radios in Zambia have proved to be the ideal way of disseminating information to widely scattered communities in local languages and in terms that are understood by them </li></ul><ul><li>There has been growing momentum in acquisition and use of climate information among all sectors of the Zambia population through this initiative of RANET project </li></ul><ul><li>RANET-Zambia project has helped in the improvement of local level climate risk reduction strategies including coping with the current climate extremes, and development of realistic climate adaptation strategies </li></ul><ul><li>This has help reduce impacts of climate related hazards and disasters to the vulnerable communities </li></ul>