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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 all!

We begin by welcoming our new subscribers this week:  Nawa Mutumweno, from the  Agri-Business Forum, in  Zambia; Peter Kiptanui, from Nandi Environmental Forum, in Kenya; Niall Deacon, from Purecircle Kenya Ltd., in Kenya; Abu Kawenja, from CBS, in Uganda; Lusenge Babu, from UCG and Mulembo wa Sangwa, a farmer, both in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Koffi Kouame Philippe, from ANADER, in Ivory Coast, and Rock S. Tonou, from CRAPA-Bénin, in Bénin.

Our first news item is from the Sahel. It examines current efforts to improve long-term food security and resilience to shocks such as drought.  In Burkina Faso, women are learning that local crops like sesame and baobab fruit are nutritious, and can easily be added to the family’s diet.  Other ideas being promoted in the region include drip irrigation and micro-dosing of fertilizer.

From the DRC, we hear how parallel but sometimes conflicting systems of land administration can contribute to land disputes. Some farmers in DRC have lost their claims to land. Refugees returning from Rwanda may find it difficult to re-establish their lives on land they formerly claimed as their own.

There is still time for entrepreneurs to apply for the SEED Awards. Our script of the week looks at vegetable sack gardening. The script describes how to establish your own sack garden.

We will be taking a one week break from publishing. The next issue of Farm Radio Weekly will be published on Monday, 16 August. Until then,

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly Team

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