Written by Yvonne Kiki Nchanji (CIFOR)
It has an on-ground social networking system that could be harnessed to spread knowledge about climate change—in much the same way as the viral world of the Internet.
And while helping Cameroon’s informal networks go ‘viral’ may be possible, a recent study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) indicates that much needs to be done in the country’s villages to harness social networks to foster adaptation and mitigation.
Eighty percent of Cameroon’s poor live in rural areas, dependent on the land and forests for their livelihoods; almost all villagers have access to some land to grow their own food or a mix of food crops and cash crops such as coffee, cacao and oil palm.
Drought, unpredictable rains, and changing seasons have brought the harsh reality of climate change to those communities – and now adaptation is not choice, but a necessity.