Date Posted: May 21st, 2012
Our first story this week comes from Malawi, where Dorothy Dyton and her family have been removed from their land. The government, which owns all customary land, sold it to a sugar company. Like many other African countries, small-scale farmers in Malawi lack secure title to land. And a new law which would allow farmers to register their customary land as private property has stalled in Parliament.
On the topic of land, the UN Committee on World Food Security has endorsed guidelines which promote secure land tenure and user rights for small-scale farmers and fishers. Read more below.
Our third piece comes from Guinea, where we hear how 29-year-old Abdoulaye Soumah returned to his home village after trying his luck in the city. He has since become a successful rice farmer, building his own house and owning a motorcycle.
In this week’s Action section, we report that Lazarus Mgomezulu from Radio Alinafe in Malawi has won the first ever Best Farm Radio Program Award. The award was announced last week at the National Media Institute of Southern Africa (NAMISA) 2012 Annual Media Awards.
-The Farm Radio Weekly Team