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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.

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Appropriate farming tools for African women farmers

This week’s news story on draught power mentioned that millions of donkeys are being used for draught power in parts of West Africa where they were never used before. Many of these donkeys are being used by women, because it is taboo in some cultures for women to use larger draught animals like oxen. Out script of the week looks at traditions regarding women and draught power use, and how they are changing. It features a discussion among fictionalized characters – a village elder, a woman farmer, a male farmer, and a blacksmith. The woman farmer explains how draught animals help her to save time and increase crop yields.

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