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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

Hello to all!

This week, we welcome two new subscribers from the NGO community – Donne Danso, from Community Aid International, in Ghana, and Yacouba Ballo, from the NGO AMASSA Afrique Verte Mali. We invite you, and all of our readers, to participate in the FRW community by posting your thoughts on this week’s news stories. Simply visit the FRW website (http://weekly.farmradio.org/) and click on the « Post a Comment » link to discuss any story that captures your interest.

We hope that this week’s news stories will become fodder for discussion. They deal with two issues of great interest to farmers and non-farmers alike – genetically-modified (GM) crops and seed patenting.

Our first story comes from South Africa, where 280 farmers who planted genetically modified (GM) maize seeds were shocked to see the results. Our second story turns to West Africa, where small-scale farmers are fighting to maintain control over a traditional onion variety worth billions of CFA (millions of American dollars or Euros) annually.

This week’s Script of the Week provides a sneak peek at Farm Radio Intenrational’s latest script package, which looks at a variety of environmental topics. For more support in reporting on environmental issues, turn to the Radio Resource Bank, where you’ll find links to a Media Toolkit on communicating climate change research.

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly Team

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