Notes to broadcasters on drought in Somalia:

    | July 18, 2011

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    Severe drought is affecting everyone in the Horn of Africa: farmers, pastoralists, women, children, and men. The story of the drought’s impact is evolving every day. News articles, photos, videos, and even tweets can help broadcasters find information from various sources on what is now being called the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years. But the sheer volume of information can sometimes be overwhelming. Farm Radio Weekly (FRW) is testing out a new platform called Storify. Using Storify, FRW’s research and production officer Nelly Bassily gathered relevant online sources related to the drought in Somalia. Check them out here: http://storify.com/nellybassily/somalia

    We’d like to know if you findthis kind of information gathering useful and if you’d like us to use Storify more often. Send your thoughts and ideas to nbassily@farmradio.org .

    Here are two recent stories from Farm Radio Weekly on drought:

    East Africa: Pastoralists survive drought by adapting (FRW 110, May 2010). http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/05/10/2-east-africa-pastoralists-survive-drought-by-adapting-daily-nation-irin/

    Mali and Niger: Dealing with drought (FRW 117, June 2010).  http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/06/28/1-mali-and-niger-dealing-with-drought-irin-afp/

    Farm Radio International has produced some very informative scripts about farmers adapting to the climate in drought-prone areas:
    Changing farming production in Africa to adapt to climate change (Package 84, Script 14, August 2008)
    Farmers have important knowledge about weather and environmental change – Part I: Learning about local signs of drought (Package 75, Script 5, June 2005)
    Farmers have important knowledge about weather and environmental change – Part II: Preparing for drought (Package 75, Script 6, June 2005)
    These Crops will Help you Through the Drought (Package 54, Script 9, January 2000)
    Choosing Crops for Drought-Prone Areas (Package 73, Script 3, January 2005)
    Sekedo, a drought resistant sorghum for Karamoja (Package 84, Script 1, August 2008)

    Perhaps farmers’ groups or other organizations in your community are trying to make their farms, homes and livelihoods more resilient in order to cope with drought. If your radio station broadcasts to an area that is currently facing drought-related food shortages, seek out stories of communities or local organizations (such as farmers’ groups) that are working together to adapt to drought. Find out what they have done to improve their food security, including adopting alternative livelihoods, and share these stories to inspire others.