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Notes to broadcasters: Effects of conflict on farmers and other rural people

The articles on which this News brief was based can be found on the Internet. They are: Central African Republic MPs elect Catherine Samba-Panza (BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25811250 and Centrafrique: Une crise alimentaire majeure se profile (AllAfrica: http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/201401202219.html)

A Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council was called as the Central African Republic continues to suffer a humanitarian and political crisis. For an audio excerpt on the situation in the country, visit the United Nations’ Radio site: http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2014/01/human-rights-discussed-as-genocide-threat-hangs-over-central-african-republic/

For decades, agricultural researchers have struggled to find ways to improve crop production and food security for small-scale farmers, especially in Africa where drought and famine complicate the difficulties.  When drought is coupled with political instability, a bad situation only gets worse. Violence and war disrupt production, marketing and transportation. They are generally very bad news for farmers.

Farm Radio Weekly has covered the consequences of conflict in Civil war landmines threaten returning farmers (FRW #14, March 2008), which explores the issues around refugees and landmines: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/03/10/democratic-republic-of-the-congo-civil-war-landmines-threaten-returning-farmers-by-sylvie-bora-for-farm-radio-weekly-in-bukavu-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

Former diamond miners seek new treasures from the earth, a story from March, 2009, shows how farmers, forced off their land by armed rebels in search of diamonds, have returned to farming. You can read that here: (FRW #60: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/03/30/1-sierra-leone-former-diamond-miners-seek-new-treasures-from-the-earth-un-integrated-regional-information-networks/)

After the war comes the rebuilding. Midwife puts women’s rights at the heart of her hospital (FRW #271, December 2013: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/12/09/somaliland-midwife-puts-womens-rights-at-the-heart-of-her-hospital-trust/) highlights how one woman built a hospital and trained medical professionals who make a real difference to their communities in Somaliland.

One of the first casualties of war is the truth. Unfortunately, women are also among the first casualties. FRW has produced Notes to broadcasters on the Elimination of Violence Against Women http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/11/25/notes-to-broadcasters-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women/ (FRW #269, November 2013).

Journalists who cover news in trouble spots are also at risk. The Committee to Protect Journalists has released a Journalist Security Guide aimed at helping journalists evaluate and prevent risks. http://cpj.org/reports/2012/04/journalist-security-guide.php

One Response to “Notes to broadcasters: Effects of conflict on farmers and other rural people”

  1. Farm Radio Weekly » Farm Radio Weekly Archive » Nigeria: Hunger looms in northeastern Nigeria as farmers face Boko Haram (by Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, for Farm Radio Weekly) Says:

    […] broadcasters on the effect of conflict on farmers and other rural people (FRW #276, January 2014: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2014/01/27/notes-to-broadcasters-effects-of-conflict-on-farmers-and-othe…). More on the situation in northeastern Nigeria is available here: […]

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