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FRW 160 – Cassava saves farmers during drought

The current drought in Kenya and the Horn of Africa is expected to affect millions. Our first story this week tells how affected families in a semi-arid region of Kenya are changing their opinions about cassava. Once stigmatized as a crop for the desperately poor, it is now feeding families in areas with insufficient rain to grow maize. 

The last story in our series on energy comes from Rwanda. We hear how biogas has benefited one farming family.

Last week, the winners of the 2011 Ashden Awards for sustainable energy were announced. Among the 12 shortlisted finalists was the Ugastove, featured in last week’s issue. The international winner is Toyola Energy Ltd., a clean cookstove manufacturer from Ghana. Many congratulations to all! To read more about all the Ashden Award winners, visit: http://www.ashdenawards.org/  

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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