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Notes to broadcasters on water management

Water resource management is an increasing concern for farmers in rural areas. Last year saw extremes of drought and floods in Africa. Farmers can get better access to water for household or agricultural use by harvesting rainwater, either by collecting water in tanks, or by using soil management techniques.

In 2009, Farm Radio International produced an issue pack on water harvesting, which is full of information, examples and links on different methods of water harvesting: http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/89-3script_en.asp

Practical Action is a UK-based NGO. They have produced what they call a “Practical Answer” online technical guide on rainwater harvesting: http://practicalaction.org/docs/technical_information_service/rainwater_harvesting.pdf

And http://practicalaction.org/rainwater-harvesting-drought

CTA produced a Rural Radio Resource Pack – 07/1, Rainwater Harvesting:

http://www.anancy.net/uploads/file_en/RRRP%20Rainwater%20harvesting%2007-1.pdf

Ag Fax recently produced a report from Uganda on rooftop rainwater harvesting for domestic use. You can find an audio file and transcript here: http://www.agfax.net/radio/detail.php?i=469

Farm Radio Weekly published a story last year on collecting rainfall:

-Zimbabwe: Collecting rainfall in the city (FRW 141, January 2011) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2011/01/17/zimbabwe-collecting-rainfall-in-the-city-ips/

Here are some scripts from Farm Radio International on collecting and using water:

-Drip Irrigation (Package 84, August 2008)

http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/84-12script_en.asp

-Catch rain from your roof (Package 89, Script 6, December 2009) http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/89-6script_en.asp

-Irrigated farming improves the income of rural farmers (Package 86, Script 6, December 2008) http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/86-6script_en.asp

Or visit the water management script archive at http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/water.asp

You could also invite farmers to call or text your station with their rainwater harvesting experiences and innovations. Or, you could record in-the-field discussions amongst farmers about best practices for catching the rain, then broadcast that discussion.

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