The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced on Tuesday that it has introduced a new round of radio programs focused primarily on the impact of climate change on food security in Somalia.
Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO representative in Somalia, said the programs that will focus on climate-smart agriculture will be an extension of the radio training modules that FAO launched in 2020 to adapt to the constraints of COVID -19.
Peterschmitt said there is a need to highlight the impact of climate change on food production and educate stakeholders about it.
âAs COVID-19 measures are still in place, FAO will use ongoing radio training programs to perform remote extension focused on the impact of climate change,â he said in a released statement. in Mogadishu.
Climate Smart Agriculture is an approach that helps guide the actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.
FAO said the new cycle of programs is launched at a time when the impacts of climate change are being felt globally, including in Somalia which has been facing droughts, floods and an upsurge in locusts. over the past two years.
This, the United Nations food agency said, has dramatically reduced crop yields and reduced livestock productivity, leading to large discrepancies in food consumption.
Francesco Diasio, international communication for development expert, coordinator of the radio initiative, said the distance radio learning modules are cost effective and have already demonstrated a significant impact, reaching between 700,000 and 900,000 people per week .
FAO said the new climate-smart programs will be produced and broadcast by selected major radio stations across Somalia. A total of six episodes will be broadcast across the country on key topics such as conservation agriculture, crop intensification, water management, and harvest and post-harvest management.
Ezana Kassa, program manager at FAO Somalia, said the radio programs will help reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to food insecurity through the adaptation of climate-smart practices.