FAO launches radio program on climate-smart agriculture in Somalia

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ROME, ITALY - JULY 11: The logo of FAO is seen during a press conference on 2012 edition of OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook at the FAO headquarters on July 11, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The 2012 edition of the Agricultural Outlook forecasts market trends, assesses the impact on food security of the economic crisis and discusses how farm production can meet growing global demand. The Outlook anticipates that agricultural output growth will slow to an average of 1.7% annually over the next 10 years. Agricoltural production needs to increase by 60% over the next 40 years to meet the rising demand for food. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Tuesday it has introduced a new cycle of radio programs mainly focusing on the impact of climate change on food security in Somalia.

Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO Representative in Somalia said the programs which will focus on climate-smart agriculture, will be an extension of the radio training modules which the FAO launched in 2020 to adapt to COVID-19 constraints.

Peterschmitt said there is a need to highlight the impact of climate change on food production and educate stakeholders on the same.

“Since COVID-19 measures are still in place, FAO will make use of the ongoing radio training programs to carry out remote extension focusing on the impact of climate change,” he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

Climate-smart agriculture is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support the development and ensure food security in a changing climate.

The 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 faced droughts, flood, and desert locust upsurge over the last two years.

The 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 aired across the country on key topics like conservation agriculture, crop intensification, water management, and harvesting and post-harvesting management.

Ezana Kassa, head of the program at FAO Somalia said the radio programs will contribute to reducing rural communities’ vulnerability to food insecurity through adaptation of Climate-Smart practices.

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