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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

Organic farmer doubles his income

In this week’s first story, Michael Gitau talks about his life as an organic farmer. One of 5,000 members of the Central Organic Farmers and Consumer Organization, Mr. Gitau has been growing organically for six years. He is happy that he now makes double the income he used to as a conventional farmer.

Our second story comes from South Africa. Selinah Mncwango is a farmer who treasures the seeds that have been handed down to her from generation to generation. But she worries that the South African government is taking steps which may deprive her and other South African farmers of their seed heritage.

Our final story shows how an innovative farmer is managing to thrive in a part of Cameroon where current rainfall is only a fraction of the usual amount. Olivier Forgha Koumbou conceived the bright idea of harvesting water at night, when the volume of water in a local stream is much higher. As a result, his vegetables are thriving. Yet, all around him, other farmers’ crops are withering and dying.

This week’s Action section profiles Michelle Zilio, a Canadian university student who is currently pursuing a six-week internship at Ghana’s Rite FM. This week’s piece details her activities with the station, and provides a link to her blog.

Finally, we will soon be publishing our 200th edition of Farm Radio Weekly. We are planning a special, celebratory issue, and would like to feature our readers! If you would like to introduce yourself and give us your thoughts on Farm Radio Weekly as we reach this milestone, please send a couple of paragraphs to: farmradioweekly@farmradio.org

Happy reading!

-The Farm Radio Weekly team

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