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Farmers face serious challenges: Stories from Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Congo

This week we bring you stories of farmers facing serious challenges – drought, conflict, and lack of land on which to farm.

Our first story comes from Zimbabwe, where, until recently, no rain had fallen for several months. Local farmers are worried that the recent rains came too late to save their crops.

Our second story describes an unusual situation in Point-Noire, Republic of Congo. Faced with a lack of land for farming, a group of residents has moved into an unused urban cemetery and is growing food. Other citizens and the city administration are offended and want the farmers to stop. The farmers respond that they have no choice.

In South Sudan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports on actions it is taking to support herdsmen and farmers. The new country’s Jonglei State has been the focus of recent conflict, and FAO’s actions are designed to support animal health, fishing and vegetable production.

Don’t miss our Action section this week. Farm Radio International has long wanted to provide scripts to our partners in languages other than English and French. This week, we announce that 15 of our partners’ favourite scripts are now available in Swahili and Hausa.

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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