Participatory Video for Narrative Change

Publié: 12 septembre 2022
Dernière modification: 12 septembre 2022
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A participatory video (PV) is an important tool to empower and enhance storytelling from the ground up. It basically involves video documentation done by someone from the communities. In this day and age where the world is rapidly moving towards an era dominated by myriad digital content, a PV becomes relevant. In this case, the youth of today can play an important role as they take charge of documenting these local stories, which are often neglected by mainstream media. Indigenous youth are also empowered; trained in all phases of videography and take part in documentation, biodiversity management, storytelling, awareness, etc.

NESFAS, an NGO based in Meghalaya, India, has been implementing the PV programme since 2012 in collaboration with The Indigenous Partnership and involve community youth. In 2015, as part of the International Terra Madre event, more than 30 PVs were created from four regions of Meghalaya and Nagaland. The PVs cover diverse topics related to culture, agrobiodiversity, etc.


Asie du Sud
Ampleur de la mise en œuvre
Area-wide development
Écosystème urbain
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Atténuation du changement climatique
Connaissances traditionnelles
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Gestion des ressources forestières
L'intégration de la biodiversité
L'intégration du genre
Moyens d'existence durables
Paix et sécurité humaine
Santé et bien-être humain
Sensibilisation et communications
Sécurité alimentaire
Autre thème
Changements dans le contexte socio-culturel


Meghalaya, India


Participatory video (PV) will address the issue/s of:

  • Limited or no data/stories/information on local culture, biodiversity, knowledge, practices, foodways, etc.
  • Marginalised or No equal representation in media/news/films.
  • Narrative control: authorship, the portrayal of ground reality, real issues, best practices, testimonials, etc.
  • Youth employment and youth migration.



Community youths

Rural communities

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Video documentation of local knowledge is paramount for maintaining visibility to a wide audience. Through the participatory video (PV) programme, community youths can be trained to document their Traditional Knowledge and different issues relating to biodiversity. PV, in a way, aims to empower grassroots journalism among youth in the communities. 


The videos are produced in an extensively participatory manner, where community members have substantial influence on the nature and theme of the contents, thus, it brings about a feeling of ownership.


Some of the demonstrated positive impacts include:

  • Documentation of local stories which are often neglected by mainstream media: food festivals, agricultural practices, cultural diversity, local plants and most importantly, documenting people’s own stories.
  • Trained community youths who can document their Traditional Knowledge and different issues relating to food systems.
  • Livelihood opportunity through video documentation skills.
  • Documentation of stories which become an integral part for digital archive.

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Alethea Lyngdoh North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society

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North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS)