The process of collaboratively planning and producing videos can bring people together to record and celebrate cultural food practices, strengthen traditional knowledge of the environment, and build strategies for a sustainable and resilient future. This article describes three recent examples of participatory video projects that aimed to stimulate food sovereignty - from Meghalaya (India), Gamo Highlands (Ethiopia) and Chiang Mai (Thailand).
This film was made by members of the Karrayu community of Dhebiti during a participatory video workshop facilitated by InsightShare in February 2012. It highlights some of the issues faced by the Karrayu pastoralists due to changing climate patterns and decreased access to traditional grazing lands. The participants also documented the community training centre field, established by members of Labata Fantalle, through which the Karrayu are engaged in permaculture training, learning how to grow crops for their livestock and food supplies.
'A Rope to Tie a Lion' was planned, filmed and edited by a group of twelve farmers from three kebeles in Fogera woreda in Amhara region of Ethiopia. Gareth Benest from InsightShare facilitated the participatory video process alongside Beth Cullen and Aberra Adie from ILRI, which took place between the 12th and 24th February 2012.
An article on the Transparency International blog about how the African chapters in Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia are supporting poor communities to make their own films to highlight the problems they face linked to corruption.
This video is a compilation of three videos made by community members from Doko, Ezo, Zozo and Daro Malo in the Gamo Highlands. The video focuses on environmental dependencies, the strong links between the local culture and the environment, the issue of deforestation and increasing pressures on local resources and the impacts of climate and environmental change at the local level.
In 2009 InsightShare was invited by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) to develop ways to use participatory video to monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation. Over 18 months, we held workshops in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi under the Community-Based Adaptation in Africa (CBAA) initiative.