IFAD / SOMALIA DROUGHT

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11-May-2022 00:03:50
According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the drought and the war in Ukraine have devastating impacts on farmers in Somalia. IFAD

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STORY: IFAD / SOMALIA DROUGHT
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SOURCE: IFAD
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LANGUAGE: SOMALIAN / ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 9 MAY 2022, GAROWE AND CUUN AREA, SOMALIA

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9 MAY 2022, GAROWE AREA, SOMALIA

1. Med shot, farmer, dryland
2. Med shot, livestock, drylands
3. Close up, empty tank of water
4. Wide shot, camels in drylands
5. SOUNDBITE (Somalian) Fawzia Salah Mohamud, Somalian farmer:
“As farmers, we have been adversely affected by the drought. The wells we used to irrigate our farms have dried up. Our farms are now at risk of being invaded by wildlife. They, too, are affected by the drought, so they come looking for pasture. We have lost many crops we were hoping to harvest.”
6. Wide shot, food market
7. Various shots, vegetables

9 MAY 2022, CUUN AREA, SOMALIA

8. Med shot, streets
9. Med shot, fuel station
10. Close up, fuel prices
11. Med shot, fuel station

9 MAY 2022, GAROWE AREA, SOMALIA

12. SOUNDBITE (Somalian) Fawzia Salah Mohamud, Somalian farmer:
“The high cost of fuel has also affected us. Most of the local farmers are unable to buy fuel as they used to and as a result, they have incurred losses. Because of the high fuel cost, we are now feeling the spiral effect in the cost of transportation, food, and all other essential commodities.”

9 MAY 2022, CUUN AREA, SOMALIA

13. Aerial shot, farmlands

9 MAY 2022, GAROWE AREA, SOMALIA

14. SOUNDBITE (Somalian) Fawzia Salah Mohamud, Somalian farmer:
“Farmers are counting losses, some losing up to 80% of the projected revenues, due to the drought coupled with the high inflation.”
15. Various shots, fertilizers, water pumps, irrigation systems, farmers applying fertilizer, green farmlands
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Donal Brown, Associate Vice President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
“Today, we saw the fertilisers that farmers were using; they told us that the prices have doubled over the last couple of months. So, they can’t afford them, so this is where the CRI comes in to help get them over that period by providing some additional subsidies towards fertiliser inputs to get them through this crisis.”

9 MAY 2022, CUUN AREA, SOMALIA

17. Aerial shot, farmlands

9 MAY 2022, GAROWE AREA, SOMALIA

18. SOUNDBITE (Somalian) Fawzia Salah Mohamud, Somalian farmer:
“These are challenging times for farmers. I have tried to plant some crops. I may have the land, but farm input and equipment cost is skyrocketing. I may need an engine, tractor, fertilizers, and water pumps. Unfortunately, I cannot farm due to the lack of these factors.”

9 MAY 2022, CUUN AREA, SOMALIA

19. Med shot, tank
20. Med shot, livestock
21. Med shot, farmer feeding livestock

STORYLINE:
According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the drought and the war in Ukraine have devastating impacts on farmers in Somalia.

A severe drought across Somalia has led to hunger and hardship for farmers. In the last two months, things have become even worse.

The war in Ukraine has set fuel and fertilizer prices to go up by 40%.

The double impact of both the drought and the war has led to a dramatic loss in earnings.

The repercussions of the war are being seen most acutely in the Horn of Africa, Sahel, Southern Africa, and countries in the near East and Central Asia.

IFAD has introduced its Crisis Response Initiative (CRI) to reduce the risk of food insecurity and hunger while protecting the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in highly vulnerable countries.

IFAD is calling on its Member States to contribute the significant resources required to cover the initial 22 countries in need listed in the Initiative - Somalia tops the list.

The new initiative will give small-scale producers access to critical agricultural inputs such as seeds, fuel, fertilisers, and finance to support the next planting season.

It will facilitate access to markets and market-related information and reduce post-harvest losses by investing in small-scale infrastructure.

The initiative aims to help farmers bounce back from shocks like the war and the drought and to be able to continue farming at this challenging time.
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