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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!

We are delighted to welcome several new subscribers today, many of whom work with new Farm Radio International broadcasting partners. Our new subscribers are: Richard Nyabenda, a journalist at Rema FM in Burundi; Georges Ebelle, from AGROCOM in Cameroon; Germaine Rukeba, from the women farmers’ NGO AMALCOPA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Justin Diasilua Kionga, Albert Mabundu, and Fortumat Mayangi from Radio Ntomosono/SADC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Hans Kofi Addeh and Fiifi Ofosu-Okyere, from Dormaa Community Radio in Ghana; Catherine Mgandi, from CGIAR in Kenya; Adama Coulibaly, from Radio Fatou in Mali; and Sonigitu Ekpe, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Nigeria.

This week’s news stories focus on some encouraging developments for farmers and pastoralists in West Africa. Our first story looks at the establishment of livestock routes in Nigeria and Gambia – a move that secures pasture land for herders and reduces farmer-pastoralist conflict. We then turn to Ghana, where farmers boosted their harvests of several key crops last year. Our story explains some of the reasons for this success.

We are also pleased to announce the winners of Farm Radio International’s script competition on smallholder farmer innovation in this week’s Farm Radio Action section. Scroll down to see where the winners are from, and which topics captured the attention of an international panel of judges. You can look forward to reading all of the winning scripts in the next script package, which will be distributed to partners and posted online in the coming months.

Finally, please stay tuned for another opportunity to shape the services of Farm Radio International. We are in the first stages of developing an online social networking site where broadcasters from across Africa can meet to discuss their craft, share their work, exchange resources, and much more. Watch your e-mail for notice of an online survey to help us shape this new networking site!

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly Team

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