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Notes to broadcasters on Zanzibari vegetable farmers

This story shows a group of determined farmers who are changing their fortunes, with the help of agricultural experts. The story mentions a variety of practices that the farmers are now using, from water management, to pest management, to marketing practices.

Farm Radio International has produced many scripts on these topics. For example, you can find scripts on crop production at: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/crop.asp

Scripts on pest management are available at: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/pest.asp

And scripts on water management can be found here:  http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/water.asp

Here’s a script that talks about drip irrigation, one of the practices mentioned in the script.

Supply Water Directly to Plant Roots with Pitcher and Drip Irrigation (Package 71, Script 10, June 2004).

http://farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/71-10script_en.asp

The story talks about “peri-urban” farmers, farmers who grow crops outside of, but near to, a city. Here are two scripts that talk about urban dwellers using “sack farming” to grow vegetables. .

Sack farming: Unlimited vegetable harvest! (Package 90, Script 9, April 2010).

http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/90-9script_en.asp

Women use ‘hanging gardens’ to grow vegetables and solve land crisis (Package 90, Script 8, April 2010).

http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/90-8script_en.asp

The story also refers to marketing strategies – understanding supply and demand, and choosing to grow crops which are in high demand. Farm Radio International published four scripts on marketing issues in Package 66, in March 2003. You can access these scripts here:  http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/numerical.asp Scroll down to package 66.

There are good opportunities for small-scale farmers to sell into nearby tourist markets in Africa. One study found that a very high percentage of hotels in tourist areas on the Kenyan coast purchased their fruits and vegetables, dairy products, eggs, chicken and fish from small-scale producers. See: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/kjbm/article/viewFile/52163/40789

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