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Communication for development in Climate Field School: the case of Livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh
 

Communication for development in Climate Field School: the case of Livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh

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Livelihood adaptation is the key element of the support that CSDI is doing to FAO projects in Bangladesh to develop CCA. CSDI is developing a communication action plan for: institutionalization of the ...

Livelihood adaptation is the key element of the support that CSDI is doing to FAO projects in Bangladesh to develop CCA. CSDI is developing a communication action plan for: institutionalization of the learning process; replication of good adaptation practices through the Climate Field School approach; up-scaling and mainstreaming successfully pilot tested livelihood adaptation options into development planning and policy decision making.

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    Communication for development in Climate Field School: the case of Livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh Communication for development in Climate Field School: the case of Livelihood adaptation to climate change project in Bangladesh Presentation Transcript

    • Communication for Development in Climate Field School: The Case of Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change Project in Bangladesh CLEOFE S. TORRES Associate Professor and Dean College of Development Communication University of the Philippines Los Banos
    • Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change (LACC)
      • Subcomponent of Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) funded by UNDP,DFID, EC
      • Being implemented by Dept of Agriculture Extension, Ministry of Agriculture.
      • With technical support from FAO
      • Aims to improve adaptive capacity to climate change for sustainable livelihoods in agriculture sector among farmers in drought
      • prone and saline coastal regions
      • of Bangladesh
    • Adaptation as a human behavior
      • A human behavior that depends largely on one’s knowledge; starts with awareness but should go further towards empowerment
      Communication as enabler
    • Climate Field School (CFS) Transformation from short- to longer-term adaptation behavior Communication as FACILITATOR of experiential learning Experience Reflection and analysis Lessons learned Application
    • Merger of local and technical knowledge Guided pilot testing/demo Local Adaptation Practices ( Home Gardens ) Scientific Results (amt. of water, fertilizer, quality of seeds, multiple cropping) Menu of Viable Adaptation Practices
      • Suitable to local conditions
      • Sustainable and eco-friendly
      • Economically feasible
      • Socio-culturally acceptable
      • Integrated with development
      Upazila Services (infra, seeds, fertilizer, technical advise)
    • Value-added of comdev in CFS
      • Comdev facilitates and extends participation as farmers see need to discuss and learn together (Nachole)
      • Participation in CFS generates proactive stance to seek for more and different knowledge inputs, e.g., compost preparation, dried water hyacinth as potato mulch (Nazirpur)
    • Value-added of comdev in CFS
      • Use of low cost ICTs such as flipcharts, framed photos, flowcharts contributes to better understanding of concepts and processes, e.g., host-parasite relationship (Nazirpur)
      • Use of modern ICTs such as video, film showing, etc. enriches and promotes variety to group learning
    • Value-added of comdev in CFS
      • Promotion of messages about climate change through folk songs ( gambhira, jarikan) enhances social inclusion and participation (Nachole, Bhandaria)
      • Social mobilization engages farmers in horizontal knowledge sharing about their adaptation needs, and in mobilizing local initiative and resources in support of their adaptation options
      • (Nachole, Gomostapur, Bhandaria, Dacope, Nazirpur)
    • Features of comdev approach in CFS
      • Starts from local knowledge
      • Decentralized but coordinated
      • Enables farmers to make evidence-based decision
      • Provides avenue for collective learning
      • Uses variety of communication tools
      • to enrich learning
    • Lessons learned
      • Planned use of communication enhances collective learning.
      • Use of ICTs can provide new and better learning experience in a local setting as well as help capture local knowledge.
      • More than the technology, CFS enables farmers to engage in critical and analytical thinking, thus, prepare them to a more informed decision making process.
      • Validation of local adaptation practices through scientific process yields long-term adaptation options for the farmers.
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