Date Posted: January 12th, 2009
We offer a warm welcome to the newest members of the FRW community, subscribers Anoman Joel, from the Reseau d’information agricole in Côte d’Ivoire, and Fitina Haule, from a farmer’s organization in Tanzania. We invite all of our subscribers to visit the FRW website, where you can browse through past editions, and post comments on the latest news stories.
We hope that this week’s stories provide food for thought and fodder for your radio programs. Our first story looks at the control of assets in Rwandan homes. We hear firsthand accounts of women who, despite contributing to the household income, have no control over how it is spent. We also hear about the legal system and about advocacy groups that are helping women to achieve their rights. This story complements our report on women’s land rights, which appeared in last week’s FRW.
Our second story features another example of a rich country seeking to lease land for food production in an African nation. The Kenyan government has reportedly agreed to lease 40,000 hectares of land to Qatar – a move that raises concern as Kenya struggles to feed its own people. Finally, we have an update on the foot and mouth disease outbreak that has spread through parts of northern Uganda, accompanied by links to information on the disease and how farmers can stop its spread.
This is a good week to pick up on our series “Story-based farm radio programming” in the Radio Resource Bank. This week’s installemtn offers tips on how to focus a story. And you won’t want to miss the Farm Radio Action section to see what the Canadian media has to say about Malian rural radio broadcasters.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team