Notes to broadcasters
Sometimes wildlife can damage farms and destroy crops. In other cases, farming activities, including clearing forest for farming, can harm wildlife and destroy their habitat. How can farming and wildlife co-exist? People need to farm, but no-one wants to needlessly harm wildlife. What is the answer?
Some communities have found an answer by creating wildlife reserves which generate tourist income. In some cases, these areas are also protected by traditional beliefs, which prohibit people from harming the animals in the reserve. Although this script profiles one such example from Ghana, there are similar cases all over Africa, and indeed all over the world.
As a broadcaster, you can help to solve the conflicts between farming and wildlife preservation by interviewing people who represent both interests, and by broadcasting examples, like the Buabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary highlighted in this script, in which communities have successfully balanced the interests of wildlife and the needs of farmers.
Contributed by: Kwabena Agyei, Classic FM, Techiman, Ghana, a Farm Radio International broadcasting partner.
Reviewed by: Joy Sammy BSc, MA, PhD Candidate, Rural Studies, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Canada.