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Notes to broadcasters on rebuilding fish industry:

In many countries in the Great Lakes region and in West Africa, the emergence and restoration of peace is allowing for a return of citizens – refugees and internally displaced people, as well as former combatants. These citizens return to the enormous challenge of restoring their livelihoods. In past issues of FRW, we have looked at the progress that farmers in countries such as Liberia and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have made towards restoring their crops. This week’s article offers a glimpse at the restoration of the DRC’s fishing industry, an important source of food and income for many Congolese. While many African countries are trying to establish or expand fish farming, the Congolese are working to re-establish pre-war levels of production to meet local demand. Similarly, they hope to restore coastal fish markets to their former vibrancy.

The following articles provide two other examples of post-war recovery of fish farming:
-From Uganda, an article by The Monitor: “Fish farming in Uganda provides income and food”: http://www.wfp.org/english/?ModuleID=137&Key=1960
-From the Republic of the Congo, an article by the International Committee of the Red Cross: “Former refugees producing cassava and fish galore”: http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/congo-brazzaville-feature-090807

The following stories from past issues of FRW look at the challenges and progress of small scale farmers working to restore their land and incomes following conflict:
“Cocoa farmers supported to rebuild livelihoods following civil war” (FRW#32, August 2008)
“Civil war landmines threaten returning farmers” (FRW#14, March 2008)
“Re-integration of ex-combatants through agriculture” (FRW#10, February 2008)
“Farmers rebuild agriculture sector against all odds” (FRW#9, February 2008)

If you broadcast to an area that is recovering from conflict, your farmers will surely have many stories to tell. You may consider hosting a phone-in/text-in show to ask farmers questions such as:
-When you returned to your farm, what were the first steps you took to begin providing food for your family?
-Have you altered your farming practices since your return (for example, does the farmer now plant “survival” crops to provide food in difficult times)?
-What challenges have you faced – and what challenges do you continue to face – in rebuilding your farm and farming business?
-How has your community and/or farmers’ association worked together to overcome these challenges?

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