Date Posted: March 23rd, 2009
We extend a warm welcome to all of our readers – especially Joseph Swala, an independent livestock specialist from Kenya, and our newest subscriber. We would also like to thank those who have posted comments on the FRW website in recent weeks. We appreciated hearing from Amaya, who works with HIV-positive women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and found the FRW story on moringa and HIV valuable. It was also great to hear from Ongom Patrick Obia, a student at Makerere University in Kampala who used information from a sweet potato script for a report. FRW readers are welcome to use the comments section of the website to share opinions, discuss issues, or tell us how you use FRW content. Readers of FRW sometimes use the comments area to ask questions. While FRW staff may not have the answer to your question, we hope that other readers will.
The first story in our news section should be particularly uplifting for rural radio broadcasters. The story visits the village of Kitete in eastern Tanzania, where farmers have improved their livelihoods and food security by raising chickens, and are now benefiting from a radio program that provides information on building chicken coops. We extend a special thanks to Lilian Manyuka at Radio Maria, both for her hard work on the AFRRI initiative, and for helping us cover this story. The Farm Radio Action section carries more exciting news about how radio stations are stimulating positive change in rural communities.
As World Water Day has just passed, we also turn attention to this precious resource. Our news section features a story that tells how farmers in southern Africa are coping with floods, and are even making the best of flood water left behind. Our Script of the Week looks at a community whose innovative approach to water management allows them to meet both household and agricultural water needs. We hope you enjoy this week’s issue, and look forward to reading your comments.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team