Surviving Somalia – Life in one of the most dangerous places on earth

ARS Secretary Bob Shepherd recently sent a link to an episode of ABC TVs Foreign Correspondent program which examined stories of survival in Somalia.  He thought RMN readers may be interested in viewing this thought-provoking video.

Bob’s comments on the episode – ‘The famine is incredibly severe during a period of prolonged drought which has been intensified by climate change and the insurgence of ‘Al-Shabaab’ (The Youth). It then contrasts with Somaliland which covers an independent area in northern Somalia where peace is maintained, as Al Shabaab has been kept out. But the area is still severely droughted. The 10 minutes of the show profiles a pastoral family in the southern province of Togdheer that is dealing with the drought ‘against the odds’, but the determination of the eldest daughter to obtain an education is uplifting. It is a tough show to watch, but is well worth a look as it shows a pastoral family with hopefully some light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.’

Watch the video at


Australian Farmers Podcast

Looking for a new podcast to listen to – check out Australian Farmers: Telling Our Story.  This weekly podcast is hosted by television presenter and journalist Angie Asimus and is powered by the National Farmers Federation.  A range of farming topics are discussed with topics such as ability agriculture, forest farming, night mustering and more.  Check it out here


The Financial Bloke Podcast

In this financial podcast, each fortnight Ben Law interviews guests from varying backgrounds, each with an interesting story, experience or specialist financial knowledge.  Recent topics include:

  • From to tourist destination: exploring the potential of tourism as a business opportunity for those on the land
  • Navigating the pitfalls of renewable energy agreements – wind and solar – a farmer’s guide
  • Is corporate domination of agriculture inevitable?

Access the podcast here.


Global Forum on Agricultural Research & Innovation (GFAR) Blog

The GFAR Blog has been set up to share diverse opinions, initiate new discussions and influence the global agenda on research and innovation in agriculture, food and rural development. New blog stories are posted each month on a different theme, and the blog is open for guest posts.  Check out the blog at