English: Cyber dialogue summary for 30 November 2011, Gender and climate change

Date: December 2, 2011
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Cyber dialogue summary


Date: 30 November 2011

Theme: Gender and ICTs

Facilitator: Shuvai Busuman









“Nicci,theere was a study by Zole Newa on the use of ICT and interpretation of climate change in low income communities! What a pity we are not able to utilize our own expertize in Zambia on climate change as may be applied to rural communities.”- Zambia.

“ICT can be used to combat climate change i.e.in climate monitoring for farming.”- Kenya

“I have seen a vehicle discharging so much fumes/carbon almost blinding you as you drive behind them. I was just wondering whether the traffic officers understand the effects of such smoke.”- Zambia

Question one: How do you think we can make use of ICTs to raise awareness about climate change?

  • Media houses are the best placed to spread information and raise awareness on climate change. Training journalists on incorporating climate issues in their articles that are online which will send an sms (save paper) when the person opens it.
  • In Kenya smses are sent to farmers daily to inform them of any changes in the price of crops from various markets.

 Question two: When you think of the effects of climate change in your area, how could ICT help to adress these situations?

  • SMSs should be sent to give people tips on looking after the environment.
  • Set up a command centre which people can contact when there are environmental emergencies i.e. flooding, veld fires etc.

Question three: Discussions have been focusing on women as the majority of small scale farmers and they have been affectedby climate change. Do you think ICT can assist to reduce this effect on women?

  • Climate change makes it harder especially for African women when there are droughts because they are unable to produce food and are dependent on their farms.
  • Educating people about adaptation is critical.




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