This is week 2 of or discussion on agriculture and climate change. In the previous week we were getting to know each other better. If you have just joined us, you are welcome to introduce yourself in Week 1: Introduction and icebreaker topic.
This week, we will deal with how you as broadcasters report on the effects of climate on farming in your broadcasts. We would also like to know what farmers are saying.
According to a new United Nations report, climate change and El Niño had a strong influence on natural disasters in 2015. The report says both the number and intensity of droughts, floods and other weather-related hazards around the world has intensified.
The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction says 32 major droughts were recorded in 2015. This is more than double the 10-year annual average. The impact was particularly serious in sub-Saharan Africa and continues to be felt this year as well.
Debarati Guha-Sapir is the director of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. Guha-Sapir says: “Over 50 million people are now affected. This will get worse in 2016. We are going to face a humanitarian disaster in 2016 and there will be a movement of population of migration.”
Africa last recorded severe drought in 2011, when a lack of rain in the Horn of Africa displaced about 12 million from their homes, and killed an estimated 260,000 people in Somalia.
Guha-Sapir warns droughts are the disasters that have the most persistent impact on human development.
Guha-Sapir adds: “Drought leads to severe malnutrition in small children and severe malnutrition of small children leads to their deaths within four to six weeks." Early warnings of the disaster in 2011, but governments did not pay attention.
In light of such news:
How do you, as a broadcaster, currently report on the effects of climate on farming?
What have you, as broadcasters, noticed from your interactions with farmers about farmers’ understanding of climate changes and how it affects their lands, access to water, crops, animals...etc?
As broadcasters, where do you go to get the best and most up-to-date information on climate change for your listening audience?
Click on reply to respond to the questions above or share your experiences.