IFAD / SABRINA ELBA KENYA VISIT

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United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, model and actress Sabrina Dhowre Elba, visited Kenya recently to draw attention to the increasing threat that climate change, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine are having on small-scale farmers’ productivity and livelihoods in Africa and around the world. IFAD

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STORY: IFAD / SABRINA ELBA KENYA VISIT
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DATELINE: 10, 11 MAY 2022, EMBU, NYERI AND NAIROBI, KENYA / 9, 10 MAY 2022, GAROWE, SOMALIA

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10H MAY 2022, SANGANA, NYERI COUNTY, KENYA

1. Aerial shot, farmland
2. Various shots, Sabrina Elba and Mary Nyaguthii Maringii and other farmers in the fields
3. Aerial shot, Elba, Maringii and other farmers in the fields
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Nyaguthii Maringii, Farmer, Kenya:
“Before irrigation it was very hard, because we relied on the rainfall water and the earnings were very minimal.”
5. Wide shot, Maringii walking through the fields
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Nyaguthii Maringii, Farmer, Kenya:
“Irrigation is good because you are on production the whole year around.”
7. Various shots, Maringii walking through the fields
8. Close up, Mary Nyaguthii Maringii’s hands
9. Various shots, Elba following a procession of singing women
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“I mean, it was so great seeing farmers who were dependant on the Sangana river for irrigation of their crops be able to wean off of the river, because obviously it’s been affected by climate change, as most of the world has, and the resources from the river were dwindling. But as innovative as the people are, and with the investment of IFAD, they have been able to find alternative solutions.”
11 MAY 2022, NAIROBI, KENYA

11. Med shot, Elba speaking with the press at press conference
12. Various shots, Elba, IFAD AVP Donal Brown and Regional director Dina Saleh posing for group photos
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“The victims of war are sometimes found very far away from the battlefield and that is the case with Russia’s brutal invasion on Ukraine. For a while the fighting there is causing immeasurable difficulties and suffering and destruction. It is also threatening food security and livelihoods in some of Africa’s poorest countries.”

9, 10 MAY 2022, GAROWE, SOMALIA

14. Aerial shot, dried up farmland
15. Wide shot, woman in arid lands
16. Wide shot, animals in arid lands
17. Wide shot, abandoned empty water tank in arid lands
18. Wide shot, gas station
19. Close up, fuel prices
20. Wide shot, gas station

11 MAY 2022, NAIROBI, KENYA

21. SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“If we don’t act now, we risk a food crisis and worse.”

9, 10 MAY 2022, GAROWE, SOMALIA

22. Wide shot, camels in dry lands
23. Med shot, animals eating
24. Wide shot, woman with animals in arid lands

STORYLINE:

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, model and actress Sabrina Dhowre Elba, visited Kenya recently to draw attention to the increasing threat that climate change, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine are having on small-scale farmers’ productivity and livelihoods in Africa and around the world.

While in Kenya, Elba - who is of Somalian descent- took part in the launch of a new International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) initiative in response to the war in Ukraine that will help small-scale producers deal with spiralling food, fuel and fertilizer prices.

Young farmers in Nyeri, Kenya proudly showed Elba around their vegetable farm. They are expecting a bountiful crop of cabbages, peas and beans that they can sell to their local markets. New irrigation sprinklers have transformed their production and their livelihoods giving them access to a year-round reliable water supply.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Nyaguthii Maringii, Farmer, Kenya:
“Before irrigation it was very hard, because we relied on the rainfall water and the earnings were very minimal.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Nyaguthii Maringii, Farmer, Kenya:
“Irrigation is good because you are on production the whole year around.”

Two years ago, before the irrigation system that transformed their lives, these farmers fetched water from a local river to water their crops. Over the last decade, shorter rainy seasons and increasingly erratic rainfall caused by climate change, had led to reduced river levels and water shortages.

Elba visited five agricultural development projects in the Embu and Nyeri districts of Northern Kenya to find out how climate change is affecting local small-scale farmers and how projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD and the Government of Kenya are helping to build their resilience to other shocks.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“I mean, it was so great seeing farmers who were dependant on the Sangana river for irrigation of their crops be able to wean off of the river, because obviously it’s been affected by climate change, as most of the world has, and the resources from the river were dwindling. But as innovative as the people are, and with the investment of IFAD, they have been able to find alternative solutions.”

Climate change is not the only issue poor small-scale farmers here are grappling with. COVID-19 has had an impact and now the war in Ukraine has pushed food, fuel and fertilizer prices toward record levels. Many can no longer afford to plant crops or tend their fields – putting livelihoods and food security at risk.

Back in Nairobi, Elba took part in the launch of a new IFAD initiative designed to help farmers deal with the immediate impact of the crisis, while protecting longer-term development gains.

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

In Somalia for example, fuel and fertilizer prices have go up by 40 percent.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“The victims of war are sometimes found very far away from the battlefield and that is the case with Russia’s brutal invasion on Ukraine. For a while the fighting there is causing immeasurable difficulties and suffering and destruction. It is also threatening food security and livelihoods in some of Africa’s poorest countries.”

The Initiative ensures that small-scale farmers in poor countries most at risk of food insecurity can produce food over the next few months to feed their families and communities while reducing the threat to future harvests.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sabrina Elba, Goodwill Ambassador, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“If we don’t act now, we risk a food crisis and worse.”

IFAD has initially targeted 22 countries at most risk from the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. Somalia tops the list, along with other countries African including Mozambique, Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea and Madagascar as well as countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen.
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