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"Stories from the soils": a collection of 80 stories by journalists and producers of the AMARC network

From March to December 2015, through a partnership between the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Office for Corporate Communication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), journalists and producers of the AMARC network received logistical and financial support to produce stories on topics related to the International Year of Soils.

«Histoires de sols»: une collection de 80 reportages des journalistes et producteurs du réseau de l'AMARC

De mars à décembre 2015, grâce à un partenariat entre l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires (AMARC) et le Bureau de la communication officielle de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture, des journalistes et producteurs du réseau de l'AMARC ont reçu un appui logistique et financier afin de réaliser des reportages sur les thématiques liées à l'Année internationale des sols.

Conservation agriculture as one way of caring for soil

In Malawi, farmers from Mphonde Extension Planning Area (EPA), in the area of Traditional Authority Mphonde, Nkhotakota District, are using Conservation agriculture as one way of caring, protecting and bringing back fertility into the soil. They say it’s  a good thing that this method can bring fertility to the soil and that it can bring change to their lives since they depend on agribusiness.

Some of the farmers explain that, when they cover the soil with maize stalks and glasses, the soil holds water and keep moisture, a development that reduces the effects of climate change. After a while, maize stalks and glasses decompose and bring fertility to the soil. Since the farmers don’t make ridges, they reduce disturbances caused to the soil, which also destroys soil particles.

The expert interviewed explained that the soil has been used for quite long time and it has now become infertile. He encourages farmers to continue practicing Conservation agriculture every year. He says that in the five years to come, the fields should have transformed in terms of fertility. So there is a need for farmers to take good care of the soil.

A report from John Mpakani of Nkhotakota Community Radio 

Listen to the audio on AMARC's website.

The script of this recording is available on AMARC's website.

This audio recording is part of the international series "Stories from the soils" produced by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in collaboration with the Office for Corporate Communication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Chichewa

Challenges faced by women to access information on climate change

“The program outlines the challenges faced by women when accessing information about climate change. Women from two different radio listening clubs explain the challenges they face which includes; unable to read and write, lack of ICTs (phones and radio sets are unavailable since they are owned by their husbands). The women also explain how the negative effects of climate change have affected their agricultural business. These include; degradation of soil and insufficient rainfalls, careless cut down of trees, all of this has lead to low yields.

They also explain what they are doing in order to mitigate climate change problems which includes; planting and establishing woodlots, practicing conservation agriculture. This practice is based on the use of compost manure, mulching and planting tree that add fertility to the soil and practicing crop rotation. The women are also using radio listening club where they discuss several issues including climate change after listening to radio programs.

The programs also featured an interview with an agricultural extension worker.”

Nkhotakota Community Radio, Malawi.

Program is in Chichewa. A transcript in English is available on AMARC’s website.   

This program is part of the international audio series “Towards COP21: Broadcasting the voices of the communities”, produced by AMARC with the support of Bread for the World.

Chichewa

Les sols face à la recherche au Niger, enjeux et défis

Ce magazine de 21 minutes met en exergue les différentes sortes de sols, leurs fonctions et les problèmes qui y sont liés à travers les regards de quelques citoyens. Ceux-ci proposent aussi des pistes de solutions pour accroître la préservation des sols au Niger. Deux chercheurs de l’Institut National de Recherches Agronomiques du Niger (INRAN) appuient également le rôle de la recherche dans la gestion des sols avec une démonstration dans le laboratoire des sols du centre régional de recherche de Niamey situé sur la route de saga.

Le script de cet enregistrement est disponible sur le site de l'AMARC.

Cet enregistrement audio fait partie de la série internationale "Histoires de sols" produite par l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires, en collaboration avec le Bureau de la communication officielle de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO).

 

This 21 minutes magazine highlights different types of soil, their functions and problems related through the eyes of some citizens. They also offer possible solutions to enhance soil conservation in Niger. Two researchers from the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Niger (INRAN) also support the role of research in land management with a demonstration in the soil laboratory of Niamey regional research center on the road saga.

The script of this recording is available on AMARC's website.

This audio recording is part of the international series "Stories from the soils" produced by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in collaboration with the Office for Corporate Communication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

French

Chuma Chiri M’nthaka – Women harvest bumper yield from making manure and contribute to the protection of soils

This program highlights how climate change has affected the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Nkhotakota district in terms of weather, soil and rivers. Located in the lake shore area in central Malawi, this district depends on farming and fishing. We meet Esnart Buliyani, a 65 year-old female farmer, who shares how she overcame her financial problems through producing manure, an alternative method to the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

The script of this recording is available on AMARC's website.

This audio recording is part of the international series "Stories from the soils" produced by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in collaboration with the Office for Corporate Communication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Chuma Chiri M'nthaka – Grâce à l'utilisation du fumier, des femmes ont de meilleurs rendements sur leurs récoltes et contribuent à la protection des sols

Ce segment présente comment les changements climatiques ont affecté les moyens de subsistance des petits agriculteurs dans le district de Nkhotakota en bouleversant la météo, les sols et les rivières. Situé dans la zone des berges du lac dans le centre du Malawi, ce district dépend de l'agriculture et de la pêche. Nous rencontrons Esnart Buliyani, une agricultrice de 65 ans, qui partage la façon dont elle a surmonté ses problèmes financiers en produisant du fumier, une méthode alternative à l'utilisation de pesticides et d'engrais chimique.

Le script de cet enregistrement est disponible sur le site de l'AMARC.

Cet enregistrement audio fait partie de la série internationale "Histoires de sols" produite par l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires, en collaboration avec le Bureau de la communication officielle de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO).

Chichewa

Conséquences de l'inondation: «Quand le sol a froid»

À Madagascar, on observe des retards dans les récoltes car « le sol a froid » et la multiplication des parasites animaux nuisibles aux cultures oblige les cultivateurs à augmenter, à tort ou à raison, la dose de la pesticides. Interrogés par la Radio Don Bosco, ce sont là les seules réponses des maraîchers de la région d'Analamanga, à Madagascar, quand on leur demande quelles sont les conséquences de l’inondation de la dernière saison des pluies. Parmi ces maraîchers, Radio Don Bosco a rencontré ceux d’Ambivy de la commune de Soavina Atsimondrano. Par la suite, un agronome responsable de la direction régionale du développement rural d’Analamanga explique les conséquences des récentes inondations.

Cet enregistrement audio fait partie de la série internationale "Histoires de sols" produite par l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires, en collaboration avec le Bureau de la communication officielle de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO).

 

Consequences of the flood: "When the soil is freezing"
In Madagascar, delay have been observed in harvesting because "the ground is too cold" and because of the multiplication of pests in crops forcing farmers to increase, rightly or wrongly, the dose of pesticides. Interviewed by radio Don Bosco, these are the only answers given by vegetable growers in the region of Analamanga, Madagascar, when asked what are the consequences of the flooding of the last rainy season. Among these producers, Radio Don Bosco met those of Ambivy in the Soavina Atsimondrano region. Also, an agronomist responsible for the regional management of rural development in Analamanga explains the consequences of the recent floods.

This audio recording is part of the international series "Stories from the soils" produced by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in collaboration with the Office for Corporate Communication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Malagasy

Année internationale des sols: la FAO vous invite à participer au concours vidéo Agriculteurs et gestion des sols

L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), à sa plateforme de partage de connaissances en ligne Technologies et pratiques pour les petits producteurs agricoles (TECA), a lancé un concours de vidéos et en appelle à votre contribution sur le thème suivant: «Les pratiques de gestion durable des sols par les agriculteurs pour stimuler la santé des sols».

International Year of Soils 2015: FAO invites you to participate in the farmer's soil practices Video contest

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through its Technologies and practices for small agricultural producers (TECA)online knowledge platform, has launched a video contest and is calling for your contribution on the following theme: “Farmer's sustainable management practices for boosting healthy soils”.

Burnt bricks: Building houses from soils

Many homes around Benue State in Nigeria are made of clay burnt bricks instead of cement blocks. This story from Lion FM explores the reasons behind this and what are the benefits and challenges of these houses and their effect on clay sources, on soils and on the environment.

This audio recording is part of the international series "Stories from the soils" produced by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, in collaboration with the Office for Corporate Communication of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

Argile cuite: Construire des maisons à partir des sols

Dans l'État de Benue au Nigéria, beaucoup de maison sont faites de briques d’argile cuites plutôt que de blocs de ciment. Ce reportage de Lion FM explore les raisons derrière cela et quels sont les avantages et les défis de ces maisons et leur effet sur les sources d'argile, sur les sols et sur l'environnement.

Cet enregistrement audio fait partie de la série internationale "Histoires de sols" produite par l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires, en collaboration avec le Bureau de la communication officielle de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO).

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