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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

Farm Radio Weekly

Happy New Year to All!

We are pleased to bring you the first issue of Farm Radio Weekly for 2008! We are excited that in the few short weeks since we launched the FRW news and information service, more than 100 subscribers from across sub-Saharan Africa have joined the FRW community. We have already begun to hear from you about which aspects of FRW help you to inform and entertain your listeners. We certainly look forward to working closely with you in the New Year!

At the same time, we know that the beginning of this year has brought challenges to many areas where our DCFRN partners and FRW community members work and live. The flooding in parts of southern Africa and post-election violence in Kenya are just two hardships that have been reported in the news, but we know that many unreported hardships continue to touch lives. It is our sincere wish that 2008 will bring peace, health, and happiness to you all.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue of FRW. If you have not done so already, we invite you to visit our online site at: http://weekly.farmradio.org/. On the website, you’ll find new ways to navigate through the current and past issues, places to comment and discuss each news article and information piece, and our weekly poll. We hope that this space will foster an online community where you can exchange ideas, resources, and maybe a few laughs with others who share the joys and struggles of radio broadcasting in rural Africa. This week, FRW reader Olivier Niaux, who did an internship at Réserve de Biosphère de la Boucle du Baoulé in Mali, began a discussion on ways to manage the destructive weed Mimosa pigra, and the FRW poll asks: Which issues related to agriculture and climate change interest your listeners the most?

We look forward to hearing your comments and learning from your discussions! Please remember that you can always contact us directly with your thoughts or contributions by e-mailing farmradioweekly@farmradio.org .

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly Team

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