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ABU partners with FAO for a Workshop on Climate Change and Food Security

Krabi,Thailand, will be the host of a workshop for journalists who cover the effect of climate change on food production. The six day training sessions (10-15 May 2016) will be organised in conjunction with the 2nd ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Risk reduction. Twenty radio and TV professionals from the region are invited to undergo an intensive training provided by FAO experts and media consultants. The targeted group includes producers, news editors and reporters.

The first day of the workshop will be in the form of lectures from FAO experts and staff to familiarize the group with the issues regarding food security and the FAO’s main campaigns – ZERO HUNGER and SAVE FOOD. On Day 2 the group will make a field trip to the Krabi Fishery Research and Development Center. During the Summit on 12 and 13 May, the journalists would interview the FAO experts for their features and will produce news on the FAO session at the Summit for their stations. The final two days of the workshop will be devoted to editing the features and planning for future coverage of food security issues and FAO events.

Media has an important role in educating broad audiences about the challenges posed by climate change on food production and food security. Broadcasters should be well prepared to connect the public to the often complex issues which however have a direct effect on the everyday life of the population. Although Asia is becoming increasingly a world economic power house, the region still remains home of hundreds of millions of undernourished people. Furthermore climate change is forcing farmers to abandon some of their traditional crops in search of better options.

The registration for the Summit is opened on the ABU website – For more details visit

Along with the Summit, the ABU Awards on Climate Change and DRR will honour the best films addressing the issues of climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness. For information on the rules of the competition, categories and Entry Form, please go to (ABU TV Awards on CCDRR).