Somalia Science and agricultural journalists’ road to growth

DSC01335The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) started a new plan to develop media professionals in across Somalia by organizing consultative media round-table discussions and peer to peer dialogues.

The first phase was launched on Monday November 10 2014 at SOMESHA newly equipped center and was a high-level Leadership Round Table brought together senior media directors, scientists and civil society officials to share their experiences of Science topics coverage and science communication in general.

Somalia continues to suffer from food insecurity and Climate change dilemmas due to the lack of effective governance and institutional strength to develop and implement a coherent economic development plan that includes sustainable agriculture although Somalia as a nation has potential well enriches rivers as poverty is a vicious circle from which it’s extremely difficult to emerge. The coverage in Somali media of science topics like the agriculture, environment, health and technology innovations is extremely limited. Somalia has many young journalists, but their reporting interests are predominantly political, in particular reporting on inter-clan fighting and the civil war.

Twenty journalists from across South and Central regions of Somalia were invited the dialogue as SOMESHA Secretary General Mr. Daud Abdi Daud opened officially the discussions and further introduced the participants  about the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists (IFAJ) and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) while the guest speaker was H.E. Dr. Osman Geddow who heads Somalia Climate Change Network (SCCN) and the Somali Organic Agriculture Development Organization (SOADO) and moderated by the sole respected prominent social science reporting journalist Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah better known as “Dulyar”.

To mark her 70th anniversary this year 2014, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) contributed a series guide book for journalists in Africa on climate change reporting, wrote by Mike Shanahan of the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and edited by UNESCO. The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) also shared SOMESHA imperative science journalists training documents with, informative and educative inspiration.

This first phase round-table will be paved the way another two media dialogues in this year and comes after while SOMESHA is on her way to join the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) in order to sustain the capacity building dialogues, trainings and journalists networking system in a professional manner.

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