Date Posted: December 3rd, 2007
We are very excited and pleased to introduce you to the first official issue of Farm Radio Weekly (FRW) and welcome you to the Farm Radio Weekly community. FRW is a service of the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (www.farmradio.org). It was created to help you – our radio partners and other interested organizations – to access some of the latest agricultural and rural development news affecting African farmers, and to share information and resources on the art and science of rural radio broadcasting. It is our hope and belief that this information will help you better serve your listeners with current, relevant, and accurate information.
This April and May, we carried out a pilot study of the FRW concept, and our partners who received it told us it was a valuable addition to their information sources. We, in turn, received useful feedback on how FRW news stories were used – sometimes adapted for the local audience, sometimes read as-is on the air, and sometimes the inspiration for original, locally-researched stories. We also learned what other types of information you find valuable. In fact, one addition to the online version of FRW responds directly to a common request – a link to a site which features weather forecasts for all parts of Africa.
In addition to providing useful news and information, it is also our desire that Farm Radio Weekly help build a community of African rural radio broadcasters. At the FRW website, you will find a space to share resources, connect with one another, learn from each other, and, together, build a stronger voice for small-scale farmers in Africa.
Starting today, FRW will be a regular service delivered to e-mail inboxes and posted on-line each week at http://weekly.farmradio.org/Our success will depend on your feedback and participation. We want to know how we can help meet your needs and the needs of your listeners. So please let us know which news and information pieces you find useful (and which ones you don’t!) And when you develop a local news story, or hear about a resource, event, or tip that may interest other radio organizations – please share it!
We invite you to share you thoughts, ideas, and information with us and with other subscribers by posting comments to the online version of FRW. We also welcome e-mails sent directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to working with you! And we hope you enjoy our first regular issue of Farm Radio Weekly.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team