Talk shows and text messages in Kenya’s Rift Valley
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This story is the second in a three-part series. Read part one, Barking up the same tree in Kenya’s Rift Valley.
“How can we prevent our rivers from drying?”
“Why have we been restricted from sand harvesting from the rivers?”
“How can I join my community forest association?”
“I’m a herbalist. Can you support me to plant indigenous trees?”
Community members in the Itare and Londiani forest blocks in Kenya’s Mau Forest Complex texted in these burning questions and more to a radio talk show on the local vernacular station Chamgei FM late last year.
The program was devoted to discussing the findings of new research carried out by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners, which explores how best to manage forests and water jointly by community associations for more effective results.
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