Notes to broadcasters
For many reasons, but mainly because of the expansion of human populations into wildlife habitats, the need for communities to find ways to live alongside wildlife populations without destroying them is increasing. In some locations, this need is also driven by conflicts with wildlife which result in destroyed crops and, in some cases, injuries and deaths to villagers.
Some NGOs work with rural communities to help them manage their environment, including wildlife, in ways that not only sustain wildlife populations, but provide a good income for communities. This script features a Tanzanian NGO which works with a community in north-eastern Tanzania on butterfly farming. The NGO pays villagers to catch and cage butterflies, whose eggs are then collected and raised in a protected environment. The eggs hatch into larvae. When the larvae enter the pupal stage, the villagers sell them to the NGO, which ships them overseas for exhibitions. This region of Tanzania is blessed with many beautiful and rare butterflies, creating a high demand.
The script consists of three separate formats. First, a radio host interviews a butterfly farmer and the manager of the project. The second is a vox pop, in which a number of villagers offer short comments on the benefits of butterfly farming. The third is a discussion between farmers in the community who support butterfly farming and those who oppose it.
This script is based on actual interviews and recordings of villagers’ voices. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews and recordings.
I am standing with the coordinator of the butterfly project, Mr. Amiri Said Sheghembe.
Contributed by: Lazarus Laiser, Radio Habari Maalum, Arusha, Tanzania, a Farm Radio International broadcasting partner.
Reviewed by: Ernie Cooper, Director, TRAFFIC and Wildlife Trade, National Representative of TRAFFIC, WWF Canada.
Amani Butterfly Farming Project
P.O. Box 57
Amani, Muheza, Tanga, Tanzania
Tel: +255 (0) 784 802899
Mobile: +255 784802899