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Coffee Cameras: Documenting climate change in Uganda

March 19, 2017


This exhibition opening on 27th through 30th March features  photographs on climatic change by a group of 12 coffee farmers as well as Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Tim McDonnell. We shall have a discussion about the images and their implications, featuring, among others, Tim McDonnell, IITA scientist Onno Giller, farmer-photographer Sam Massa from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Makerere Art Gallery on the day of the opening.

In February, twelve coffee farmers on Mount Elgon spent a week using disposable cameras to document how climate change is impacting their lives. Their images offer a beautiful, creative, and intimate insight into coffee farmers’ daily lives and the struggles they face from drought. Coffee is Uganda’s most important industry, and it faces an existential threat from climate change. Already, farmers across the country are suffering from rising temperatures and unpredictable seasonal rainfall.Smallholder farmers are among the people who are most victimised by climate change, yet they rarely have a chance to tell their own story to the public. This project aims to change that.

This event, a collaboration between the US Fulbright program, National Geographic, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, will be the first gallery exhibition of these photos.


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