Communicating Development: An international audio series

  • Zero Hunger?


    In this segment, the producers talk to people across different age groups, socio-economic classes and different parts of India on the changing food habits, government interventions to alleviate hunger, impact of changing food habits on hunger and opinions on how hunger can be brought down in India.

    Older discussion participants talk about the kinds of food that they ate as children and what they eat now, while the children talk of their favourite foods.

    An expert talks of the reasons for changing food habits and agricultural practices; food shortages and hunger in the previous generation and the food situation now.

    They talk of how food security has improved for many people due to government interventions; yet there continue to be many hungry people. For example migrant labourers who are still not able to access such benefits and continue to face hunger. There is the discussion on the paradox of continuing hunger in the face of increased food production, the hunger caused by migration and loss of access to lands and livelihoods. They also discuss the renewed effort by governments to return to traditional foods as one of the methods of improving food security for the poor.

    Audio and photo provided by: Smita Ramanathan, Indu Ramesh and Manju Venkat, Sarathi Jhalak Community Radio 90.4

    Sarathi Jhalak Community Radio 90.4
    English and Kannada |
    June 3, 2016

  • Les effets du changement climatique sur la pêche au Bénin


    Le Bénin, ces dernières années, dépend pour une grande partie de l’extérieur en ce qui concerne sa consommation en poissons. En 10 ans, les importations ont augmentées considérablement. Le sous-secteur pêche ne couvre plus le besoin local et le diagnostic est clair, ce sous-secteur va très mal.

    Une équipe de Radio Bénin est allée au port de pêche de Cotonou s'entretenir avec des pêcheurs et des artisans de ce secteur.

    Reportage de Didier Hubert Madafime, Radio Bénin.

    Photo: © David Stanley, Flickr

    Radio Bénin (ORTB)
    Français |
    May 27, 2016

  • What are young people doing to end hunger in Malawi?


    Malawi is one of the countries that depend on agriculture for its livelihood but youth step aside when it comes to farming. This year, the country experienced a drought that affected most farmers resulting in low maize production.

    This segment talks about young people who want to make a difference in agriculture through horticulture and livestock farming and how they hope to contribute to achieve Zero Hunger in the nation. Their stories are so inspiring and worth sharing with young people because I believe the future of agriculture are in the hands of youth.

    The first young farmer interviewed, Kondwani Kaliati started farming when he identified a problem in tomato farming; tomatoes supplies were short. When he decided to do farming, he never knew it would open up opportunities to big hotels in town. He does not regret and he actually wants to enroll in a Bachelor in Agricultural Extension.

    The second young farmer interviewed, Rose Chisowa, is Malawi's youth ambassador in farming. She left a white collar job as a journalist to start farming and today, she is ambitious to expand her farm and to start irrigation farming after purchasing land close to wet land.

    Photo: © Watson Maingoto, Flickr

    Maziko Radio
    Chichewa |
    May 19, 2016

  • Climate Change Impacts in the Indonesian Agricultural Sector and Coastal Areas


    Mitigasi dan Adaptasi terhadap Dampak Perubahan Iklim di sektor pertanian dan wilayah pesisir

    To find out more about the impacts and efforts to adapt to climate change in the agricultural sector and coastal areas in Indonesia, Noor Chasanah of JRKDem interviews Mr. Kustiwa Adinata, Secretary General of IPPHTI (Ikatan Petani Pengendalian Hama Terpadu Indonesia/ Indonesian Farmers Association of Integrated Pest Management).

    In his interview, he shared information about the impatcs and problems caused by climate change such as floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides and the emergence of plant pests and diseases that arise suddenly and are difficult to predict.

    Furthermore, he also recounted his experience with farmer and coastal communities in the efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    Photo provided by: Noor Chasanah

    JRKDem - Samudra FM
    Bahasa |
    May 12, 2016

  • Le «kere»: insécurité alimentaire dans le Grand Sud de Madagascar


    Cette année, la famine s’est particulièrement aggravée dans la partie Grand Sud de Madagascar due à l’absence de pluie. Tous les ans, ce problème d’insuffisance de pluie revient mais à cause du changement climatique la famine ou «kere» s’est intensifiée.

    L'absence de pluie rend l'agriculture impossible. Les habitants n’ont donc rien à vendre. Sans argent, ils ne peuvent pas acheter de la nourriture alors ils ont faim. L'une des conséquences est que les écoliers n’arrivent plus à suivre le programme scolaire. D'ailleurs, les personnes âgées et les enfants sont les principales victimes de la famine.

    Alain Tefimbola de la Radio LAFA s'est rendu dans des communes rurales victimes du kere. Ces zones enclavées sont difficiles d’accès. Ce sont les grandes «oubliées» quand viennent les aides pour les victimes du «kere». Il se penche sur l'insécurité alimentaire dans la partie Grand Sud de Madagascar.

    Photos: Alain Tefimbola

    Radio LAFA
    Malgache |
    May 5, 2016