In a small village 45 minutes from the city of Assiut, in southern Egypt, a group of farmers and their families gathered to watch a theatre performance that aimed to find the funny side of climate change. The hour-long comedy, which has so far been performed in 50 villages in the Upper Egypt region, in the country’s south, tells the story of a farmer who refuses to pay for a new, more water-efficient agricultural canal.
When a snake bites him and he is thought to be dead, the farmer hears how much his family and neighbors hated him because he rejected modern farming methods. At the end of the show, he changes his perspective.
The play is part of a $7-million project funded by the World Food Programme (WFP) and managed by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture that aims to help farmers in the region cope better with climate change threats through modern technology, sustainable growing techniques and better understanding of climate issues.
Organizers say the project, which started in 2013 and is scheduled to end early next year, has boosted the production of some major crops by at least a third and drastically cut water consumption on the farms involved.
It is one in a series of efforts the Egyptian government has made over the past decade to limit the negative impact of climate change on farmers across the country.
“Community mobilization on the issue of climate change can encourage many people to embrace the ideas of the project. And theatre is one of the methods to mobilize the community,” said Ayam Abu el-Hagag, an actor in the traveling troupe and also an agricultural advisor.
He noted that each time the troupe delivers a joke on stage, the characters explain the information to make it accessible to all farmers, even those with little or no formal education.
“Comedy helps people understand things easier,” he added.
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