Jama Adam transports us deep into the Horn of Africa with his film on education for climate adaptation

Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa has always been a challenging place to live and work, but climate change is driving desertification and making life increasingly hard for the region’s nomadic pastoralists. Jama Adam’s education work in the Horn of Africa is at the forefront of efforts to change this.

Jama’s vivid and creative film documenting the life and struggles of the region’s pastoralists transports the viewer into the heart of this region, offering a window into a different world.

As Jama says:

“I come from a nomadic pastoralist family and as a result have witnessed how nomadic lifestyles have dramatically changed over the years. The excessive cutting down of trees to form livestock enclosures has resulted in an unsustainable/uncertain future for many to live, including many members of my community and family. Shedding light on such a topic will hopefully lead to better changes and policies to be put in place which play a part in the betterment of those who are affected by it.”

Using a combination of drone footage, descriptive interviews and local music, Jama’s film provides a detailed overview of the factors driving deforestation and desertification, as well as offering some simple solutions emerging from Jama and his team’s work.

“The film will help put focus on the impact of how livestock enclosures play a major role on the effects of climate change. It will also look into alternative sustainable solutions that can be put in place which don’t have such a devastating effect on the environment.”

The film will be showcased on the TESF website in April 2023 as part of the network’s legacy event activities.

This post was written by Luke Meterlerkamp, Digital Weavers